Leslie Peirce

Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Silver Professor

Princeton University, PhD 1988

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 604



Field of Study: 

Early Modern Europe

Areas of Research/Interest: 

early modern Ottoman history, gender, law & society, comparative empires

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Works:


Peirce1.jpgMorality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab. University of California Press, 2003.
    *Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle East Studies Association for best book, 2003; Koprulu Prize of the Turkish Studies Association for best book, 2002-2003. Turkish edition: Ahlak Oyunları ( Istanbul,  2005).





Peirce2.gifThe Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Oxford University Press, 1993.
    *Koprulu Prize of the Turkish Studies Association for best book, 1993-1994.  Turkish edition: Osmanlı İmparatorluğunda Hukümranlık ve Kadınlar (Istanbul, 1996); Arabic edition in preparation.



“Passages Interdits: Structures du désir dans le monde Ottoman au XVIe siècle”, in J. Dakhlia, et.al, eds., Histoires de l’amour: Fragilités et interdits, du Kamasutra à nos jours (Bayard, 2011)

“Abduction with (dis)honor: Sovereigns, bandits, and heroes in the Ottoman world”, Journal of Early Modern History 15 (2011) Special issue on honor and the state

“Domesticating sexuality: Harem culture in Ottoman imperial law”, in Marilyn. Booth, ed., Harem Histories: Lived Spaces and Imagined Places (Duke Univ. Press, 2010)

“Polyglottism in the Ottoman Empire: A Reconsideration”, in G. Piterberg, T. Ruiz, & G. Symcox, eds., Braudel Revisited: The Mediterranean World, 1600-1800 (University of Toronto Press, 2010)

American Historical Review, Forum on Historiographies of Sexuality, “Writing Histories of Sexuality in the Middle East”, 114 (December 2009)

“An Imperial Caste: Inverted Racialization in the Architecture of Ottoman Sovereignty”, in M. R. Greer et.al, eds., Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Racism in the Renaissance Empires (Univ. Chicago Press, 2007).

“The Material World: Ideologies and Ordinary Things”, in V. Aksan & D. Goffman, ed., The Early Modern Ottoman Empire: a Reinterpretation (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007)

Journal of Women’s History, Book Forum (the Journal’s first Book Forum featured Morality Tales: three commentaries on the book & author’s response), 18/1 (Spring 2006):

"Twentieth-century Historians and Historiography of the Ottoman Empire: The Early Centuries," Mediterranean Historical Review, 2004

"Le dilemme de Fatma: crime sexuel et culture juridique dans une cour ottomane au début des temps modernes," Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, Vol. 53, No. 2 (March - April 1998)

"Seniority, Sexuality, and Social Order: The Vocabulary of Gender in Early Modern Ottoman Anatolia," in Women in the Ototoman Empire: Middle Eastern Women in the Early Modern Era, ed., M. Zilfi, Leiden, 1997

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