Public Talk by Dr. Elyse Semerdjian

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Public Talk by Dr. Elyse Semerdjian

Postby juliew » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:31 am

Ottoman History from the Margins:
Reflections on Women and Dhimmis at
Aleppo’s Shari‘a Court

A public talk by Dr. Elyse Semerdjian
November 7, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Smittcamp Alumni House
2625 E Matoian Way, Fresno, CA 93740

In the Ottoman Empire, relationships of power between Muslims and non-Muslims
were regulated by the courts. Using court registers from the Syrian city of Aleppo,
Dr. Semerdjian will discuss the ways in which laws policing interactions between
Muslims, Christians, and Jews in public spaces were gendered. Examining
courtroom proceedings on Syrian bathhouses, brothels, and conversion of
Armenians to Islam, Semerdjian argues that the courtroom offered non-dominant
groups both obstacles and opportunities to effect power within Ottoman society.

This talk is open to the public, and it is offered by the Department of History, the
College of Social Sciences, and the Islamic Studies Symposia Series at Fresno State.
A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Dr. Elyse Semerdjian is an Associate Professor of History and Islamic studies at Whitman
College, where she is also the Director of Global Studies. She is the author of Off the Straight
Path: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo and a specialist on the history of Syria and
the Ottoman Empire. She comes to us from Cornell University, where she is a 2016-17 Society
for the Humanities Fellow doing research on a new book on Islamized Armenians in Syria
during the Armenian Genocide.

For questions or to request special accommodations please email prior to the day of the event.

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