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Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire: Microcosms of Modernity

Kent F. Schull


Ottoman or ‘Turkish’ prisons regularly conjure images of Oriental brutality in Western imaginations. Contrary to this stereotypical image, Ottoman prisons were sights of immense reform and contestation during the nineteenth century. In fact, prisons were key components for Ottoman nation-state construction and acted as ‘microcosms of modernity’ wherein many of the pressing questions of Ottoman modernity played out. These included administrative centralisation, the rationalisation of Islamic criminal law and punishment, issues of gender and childhood, prisoner rehabilitation, bureaucratic profe ... More

Keywords: Ottoman Empire, criminal justice, prisons, incarceration, crime and punishment, modernity, prisoners, Turkish prisons, Islamic criminal law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641734
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent F. Schull, author
Binghamton University