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The Resource "Off the straight path" : illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo, Elyse Semerdjian

"Off the straight path" : illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo, Elyse Semerdjian

Label
"Off the straight path" : illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo
Title
"Off the straight path"
Title remainder
illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo
Statement of responsibility
Elyse Semerdjian
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The legal treatment of sexual behavior is a subject that receives little scholarly attention in the field of Middle East women's studies. Important questions about the relationship between sexuality and the law and about the societies enforcing that relationship are rarely addressed in the current literature. Elyse Semerdjian's "Off the Straight Path" takes a bold step toward filling that gap, offering a fascinating look at the historical progression of Islamic law's treatment of illicit sex. Semerdjian provides a comprehensive review of the concept of zina, sexual indiscretion, exploring the diverse interpretation of zina crime as presented in a variety of sources from the Quran and hadith to legal literature. She then delves into the history of legal responses to zina within the specific community of Aleppo, Syria. Drawing on a wealth of shari 'a court records, Semerdjian brings to life Syrian society during the Ottoman period. With vivid detail, she describes specific women's lives and experiences as their cases are presented before the court. Semerdjian argues that the actual treatment of zina crimes in the courts differs substantially from sentences prescribed by codifed Islamic jurisprudence. In contrast to the violent corporal punishments dictated in the Islamic legal code, the courts often punished crimes of sexual indiscretion with nonviolent sentences, such as removal from the community. Employing exceptional insight, "Off the Straight Path" presents a powerful challenge to the traditional view of Islamic law, enabling a richer understanding of Islamic society."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Semerdjian, Elyse
Dewey number
345.5691/0253
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
KBP559.958
LC item number
.S46 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adultery (Islamic law)
  • Fornication (Islamic law)
  • Rape (Islamic law)
  • Domestic relations (Islamic law)
  • Customary law (Islamic law)
  • Punishment (Islamic law)
  • LAW
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Adultery (Islamic law)
  • Customary law (Islamic law)
  • Domestic relations (Islamic law)
  • Fornication (Islamic law)
  • Punishment (Islamic law)
  • Rape (Islamic law)
  • Syria
  • Islam
  • Recht
  • Sexualität
  • Aleppo
  • Osmanisches Reich
Label
"Off the straight path" : illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo, Elyse Semerdjian
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-227) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Zina discourses -- pt. 2. Law in practice
Control code
785782977
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xxxviii, 247 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780815651550
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1hzbsfv
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785782977
Label
"Off the straight path" : illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo, Elyse Semerdjian
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-227) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Zina discourses -- pt. 2. Law in practice
Control code
785782977
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xxxviii, 247 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780815651550
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1hzbsfv
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785782977

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