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Author Semerdjian, Elyse.

Title "Off the straight path" : illicit sex, law, and community in Ottoman Aleppo / Elyse Semerdjian
Edition First edition
Published Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, [2008]


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Description xxxviii, 247 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Series Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East
Gender, culture, and politics in the Middle East.
Contents Zina in Islamic legal discourse -- Zina in Ottoman law -- People and court : policing public morality in the streets of Aleppo -- Prostitutes, soldiers, and the people : monitoring morality through customary law -- In harm's way : domestic violence and rape in the Shari'a courts of Aleppo
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 by offering a look at the historical progression of the treatment of illicit sex under Islamic law."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-227) and index
Subject Adultery (Islamic law)
Fornication (Islamic law)
Rape (Islamic law)
Domestic relations (Islamic law)
Customary law (Islamic law) -- Syria -- Aleppo.
Punishment (Islamic law)
LC no. 2008043095
ISBN 0815631731 hardback alkaline paper
9780815631736 hardback alkaline paper