Haciye Sabah’s Story: A Teacher on Trial

Leslie Peirce

in Morality Tales

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926974 | DOI:
Haciye Sabah’s Story: A Teacher on Trial

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This chapter describes a court case in Aintab involving a teacher named Haciye Sabah. It explains that in July 1541, Sabah was sentenced by the judge to public humiliation and banishment from the city after she was found guilty of violating the practice of gender segregation by allowing males to be present at the religious-instructional classes for females which she ran in her own home. The chapter argues that this case reveals the reactions that are provoked when a woman has influence beyond the conventional roles ascribed to her sex.

Keywords: court case; Aintab; Haciye Sabah; public humiliation; banishment; gender segregation

Chapter.  12059 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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