Prostitution, Islamic Law and Ottoman Societies

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This article examines the treatment of prostitution in several genres of Ottoman legal writing—manuals and commentaries of Islamic jurisprudence, fatwās (legal opinions) and ḳānūnnāmes (Sultanic legislation)—and looks at how prostitution was dealt with in prac- tice by the empire’s sharīʿa courts and by its provincial executive authorities. e article uses prostitution as a case study to investigate the relationships between the di erent genres of legal writing and between normative law and legal practice. It also throws light on various manifestations of prostitution in the Ottoman provinces of Egypt and Syria between the mid-sixteenth and mid-eighteenth centuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-152
JournalJournal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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