Renegade Women: Gender, Identity, and Boundaries in the

Renegade Women: Gender, Identity, and Boundaries in the This book uses the stories of early modern women in the Mediterranean who left their birthplaces, families, and religions to reveal the complex space women of the period occupied socially and politicallyIn the narrow sense, the word renegade as used in the early modern Mediterranean referred to a Christian who had abandoned his or her religion to become a Muslim With Renegade Women, Eric R Dursteler deftly redefines and broadens the term to include anyone who crossed the era s and region s religious, political, social, and gender boundaries Drawing on archival research, he relates three tales of women whose lives afford great insight into both the specific experiences and condition of females in, and the broader cultural and societal practices and s of, the early MediterraneanThrough Beatrice Michiel of Venice, who fled an overbearing husband to join her renegade brother in Constantinople and took the name Fatima Hatun, Dursteler discusses how women could convert and relocate in order to raise their personal and familial status In the parallel tales of the Christian Elena Civalelli and the Muslim Mihale atorovic, who both entered a Venetian convent to avoid unwanted, arranged marriages, he finds courageous young women who used the frontier between Ottoman and Venetian states to exercise a surprising degree of agency over their lives And in the actions of four Muslim women of the Greek island of Milos Aiss , her sisters Emin and Catig , and their mother, Maria who together left their home for Corfu and converted from Islam to Christianity to escape Aiss s emotionally and financially neglectful husband, Dursteler unveils how a woman s attempt to control her own life ignited an international firestorm that threatened Venetian Ottoman relationsA truly fascinating narrative of female instrumentality, Renegade Women illuminates the nexus of identity and conversion in the early modern Mediterranean through global and local lenses Scholars of the period will find this to be a richly informative and thoroughly engrossing read


10 thoughts on “Renegade Women: Gender, Identity, and Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean

  1. Elif Elif says:

    Kitap, 16 y zy lda kendi hayatlar n ekillendirebilmek i in toplumsal, politik, dini engellere ra men dinlerini, ya ad klar co rafyay de i tiren kad nlar anlat yor Kad nlar n hikayeleri Akdeniz le i e i e ge mi Bas mda dipnotlar n ve s zl n en sonda olmas okuma kalitesini biraz d r yor.


  2. Jenifer Jenifer says:

    February book club feat The Author We had a great book club discussion about this month s selection and I am just honored to be able to talk about books with women who are intelligent, fair minded, and open to looking at the world in different ways Mr Dursteler was engaging and very easy to relate to, sharing his considerable knowledge with us while showing a great interest in our opinio


  3. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    This is not a book you would want to grab at the library for a quick read This is a scholarly look at women of the Mediterranean who followed their own path and not one their father or husband had planned for them For a history book, I found this rather easy to read and I particularly enjoyed the story of Catterina, whose father finally realized how happy she was with the life she chose a


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  5. Becky Becky says:

    excellent required reading for my Mediterranean Encounters class at Muhlenberg College Follows true stories of women in the era.


  6. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    This was a challenging read and I really debated 3 or 4 stars In the end I went with 4 because I try to rank each book within its own genre This is a college textbook and for that genre this is a great read I was fascinated with the 3 women from the 1600 s whose lives have been recorded in such detail It was so interesting to see the actions they took so that they could be in charge of their


  7. Tracy Tracy says:

    Book Club February 2012 The author came to our meeting Two things about this book the book itself and our book club meeting.First, the book This book opened a window into a time period and geographical area I knew nothing about had never thought about It is scholarly, and I am not a scholar But it sparked my imagination and created tons of ideas and questions in my mind I love that in a book,


  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I had to read this book for my French women studies class, and compared to the other assigned readings this was by far the easiest I gained a lot of insight on the differences between Muslim and Christian cultures during the early modern period I also learned how each culture liberated while also limiting women This book was really interesting and I think the stories of Elena Civalelli and Mih


  9. Courtney Courtney says:

    I probably would have not read this book if weren t for our book club but I am glad I did It is a non fiction historical that takes place on the Mediterranean in the 1600 s For it being non fiction historical all written from old documents, it is an engaging story and I enjoyed learningabout woman during that era in that particular part of the world.


  10. Nyssa Silvester Nyssa Silvester says:

    I wish there wasto this book, because by the end, I was fascinated Dursteler did some meticulous research and presented three stories of women at the locus of politics, religion, and gender relations Makes me want to learn about the Mediterranean .


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