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Women within the Ottoman Balkans have been founders of pious endowments, organizers of labour and conspicuous shoppers of western luxurious items; they have been enthusiasts, other halves, castaways, divorcées, widows, the topics of ballads and the narrators of folks stories, sufferers of communal oppression and protectors in their groups opposed to supernatural forces. of their day-by-day lives they skilled oppression and self-denial within the face of usually unsympathetic neighborhood customs, but in addition empowerment, self-affirmation, and acculturation.  This quantity not just deepens our knowing of the particular contributions that ladies have made to Balkan historical past but additionally re-evaluates this via a extra inclusive and interdisciplinary research within which gender takes its position along different different types reminiscent of type, tradition, faith, ethnicity and nationhood.

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