Fatma’s Story: The Dilemma of a Pregnant Peasant Girl

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:
Fatma’s Story: The Dilemma of a Pregnant Peasant Girl

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This chapter describes a court case in Aintab involving a pregnant peasant girl named Fatma. It explains that Fatma was unmarried and that it was obvious that she was implicated in some manner in the crime of illicit sex, or zina. The chapter suggests that Fatma's attempts to deal with her pregnancy raise questions about the advantages which the local court might offer to such a woman. It considers her story within the shifting terrain of economic recovery and its consequent effects on young people's ability to make marriages, of legal reform and its repercussions among the residents of a large village, and of the subtle but perceptible changes in the culture of the Aintab court that affected her dilemma.

Keywords: court case; Aintab; zina; pregnancy; economic recovery; marriages; legal reform; culture

Chapter.  12091 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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