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Date(s) - 03/04/2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Calhoun Hall 516

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Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium: From Concubines to Daughters: The adoption of female slaves in early modern Istanbul

Friday, March 4 at 2:00pm

Calhoun Hall (CAL), 516 204 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

The Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium presents:

Hadi Hosainy,
Doctoral Candidate, Department of History

Female slavery was an integral part of the early modern Ottoman cities. Istanbul, the capital of the empire, had the lion share in the slave trade, having a special slave market in a central district of the city. Similar to its Near Easter predecessors, the Ottoman Empire had an open-ended system of slavery, allowing upward social mobility for many slaves. Yet, slavery was a dynamic institution demonstrating a wide range of variety and transformation over time and space. This presentation is about domestic female slavery who performed a variety of functions that led to their full integration within the household of their masters as well as the society at large. Through the examination of endowment deeds and sharia court records, I argue that adoption was a common method utilized to integrate domestic female slaves in seventeenth century Istanbul.

Born and grown up in Iran and lived in Afghanistan, Hadi Hosainy went to Turkey for his undergrad education in 1998. He studied International Relations at METU, Ankara, after which he moved to Istanbul to study for a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. There, he developed interest in Ottoman ways of alternative dispute resolution. He studied for a master’s degree in Ottoman history and wrote his dissertation on early-modern amicable settlement. Since 2008, he has been pursuing his Ph.D. degree at the University of Texas at Austin. As a Ph.D. candidate, he is working on his dissertation, which is about the intergenerational transfer of property in early-modern Istanbul. He is interested in how gender, law, state, and social norms influenced the process of the devolution of property from a generation to another.

The Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium is a forum for discussion that encourages interdepartmental discussions and circulation of ideas among graduate students and professors with an interest in Islamic Studies. We will meet twice a month for a 30-minute presentation followed by comments and questions.  The forum will be coordinated by Dr. Samy Ayoub.