Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire

Author(s): 
Schull, Kent F.
ISBN: 
9780748641734
Date published: 
April 2014
Hardback
Price: 
£70.00

Contrary to the stereotypical images of torture, narcotics and brutal sexual abuse traditionally associated with Ottoman (or 'Turkish') prisons, Kent Schull argues that, during the Second Constitutional Period (1908–1918), they played a crucial role in attempts to transform the empire. It was within these prisons that many pressing questions of Ottoman modernity were worked out, such as administrative reform, centralisation, Islamic criminal law, punishment and rehabilitation, issues of gender and childhood, bureaucratic professionalisation, Ottoman national identity and social engineering.