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Gendered Limitations on Women Property Owners: Three Women of Early Modern Cairo
Hawwa
  • Shauna Huffaker, University of Windsor
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
DOI
10.1163/15692086-12341234
Keywords
  • urban history,
  • Ottoman Egypt,
  • family history,
  • early modern history,
  • Mamluk Egypt,
  • property,
  • women
Abstract

Women’s rights to be independent property owners in the pre-modern Islamic world can be overemphasized. This article explores the legal frameworks and social and familial customs that limited women’s ability to act as autonomous property owners in late Mamluk and early Ottoman Egypt. Three case studies of early modern women of different socio-economic status demonstrate how these limitations come into focus only when women’s ownership of property is tracked over the long term. These case studies and supporting material are drawn from sales and waqf endowment documents held at the Egyptian National Archives and the Archives of the Ministry of Religious Endowments.

Citation Information
Shauna Huffaker. "Gendered Limitations on Women Property Owners: Three Women of Early Modern Cairo" Hawwa Vol. 10 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 127 - 150
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shauna-huffaker/2/