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Forbidden love in Istanbul: patterns of male-male sexual relations in the early-modern Mediterranean world

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West European visitors to the Ottoman Empire in the early-modern period frequently referred to sodomy. They depicted it as a common practice there, associated particularly with ‘renegades’ (converts to Islam). The report of an investigation into a sexual scandal at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul in 1588, discussed here, shows special sensitivity to this issue. Historians generally discount the comments of visitors to Ottoman territory on this topic, either dismissing them as mere prejudice,...

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10.1093/pastj/gtab039

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Past and Present More from this journal
Volume:
257
Issue:
1
Pages:
55-88
Publication date:
2022-02-08
Acceptance date:
2021-07-04
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EISSN:
1477-464X
ISSN:
0031-2746
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1188264
Local pid:
pubs:1188264
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2021-07-30

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