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Mihrî Hatun
Performance, Gender-Bending, and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History

Didem Havlioglu

Hardcover $55.00L    |    978-0-8156-3549-9    |    2017

Paper $24.95s    |    978-0-8156-3537-6    |    2017

ebook 978-0-8156-5415-5

A glimpse into the early modern Ottoman woman’s intellectual world.

"In late-fifteenth-century Ottoman society, poetry was less a matter of reading books than of homosocial salons where men recited their latest creations to other men. As Didem Havlioglu shows in this timely study, Mihrî Hatun was a talented and prolific poet, a woman in a male-dominated occupation who nevertheless managed to find her own unique voice through humor, satire, and gender-bending. A fascinating account not only for Ottomanists but also for anyone interested in the history of women, gender, and sexuality."—Irvin Cemil Schick, coauthor of Calligraphy and Architecture in the Muslim World

"This is a path-breaking book. Its value lies not in ‘completeness’ but in showing the way toward more complete and nuanced studies of early modern women’s poetry in the Ottoman Empire."—Walter G. Andrews, research professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington

"The study shows how Mihrî Hatun used her marginal position to hack an insular putatively hyper-masculine poetic discourse to become a central figure in the canon....using primarily wit and erotic humor."—Samer Mahdy Ali, associate professor of Arabic and Islamic culture, University of Michigan

  Mihri Hatun

  Didem Havlioglu is a lecturing fellow in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She has published numerous articles in such journals as the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, the Journal of Turkish Studies, and the Turkish Historical Review.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/4, 248 pages, 3 color and 4 black-and-white illustrations, 3 tables, notes, glossary, bibliography, index

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