Reform & Reality

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Bunche Hall Meeting Room - 10383

Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire

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Free and open to the public.


Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1181


Additional Information

This talk discusses criminal justice policy and practice, particularly prisons in the late Ottoman Empire by juxtaposing the ideology of reform with the reality of implementation and lived experience within the empire's prison system.

This juxtaposition provides valuable insights into various aspects of Ottoman modernity, particularly regarding issues of administrative reform and regulation, professionalization of prison personnel, the codification of Islamic criminal law, gender and childhood, the rehabilitation of prisoners, the prevention of corruption and prisoner abuse, and the conceptualization of crime and punishment within Ottoman culture and society.

It also complicates notions of Ottoman modernization by challenging assumptions that Ottoman reform was a failed process of Westernization and secularization.

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