Gender Statistics of the Ottoman Empire III

2021-2022 Summer
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Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
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Gender Statistics of the Ottoman Empire III
This project is a continuation of the earlier projects titled Gender Statistics in Turkey (2019-20 Summer), and Gender Statistics of the Late Ottoman Empire (2020-21 Summer).
The aim of the project is to prepare gender statistics for the Ottoman Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth century to describe changes in Ottoman society from a gender (in)equality perspective. Sex and gender-disaggregated data will be compiled from existing data sources from different regions (transcribed and published primary sources).  
The focus this summer (2021-22) will be sex ratios, i.e. the population share of males and females in different age groups. Studies on sex ratios in the nineteenth century indicate a deficit in female population in several places, i.e. there were fewer females than what was biologically ‘normal’. This phenomenon, dubbed as the ‘missing girls’, continues in some parts of the modern world, particularly in China and South Asia, and results from son preference, unequal allocation of resources and/or gender-specific infanticide. There is no evidence for the latter in the Ottoman Empire, but late Ottoman data suggest that the share of the male population was inordinately high, and at the same time, there was a high degree of interregional diversity, largely matching the situation in Turkey. Our objective is to harvest new data to test these observations further and their applicability to other periods. 
The project aims to enhance research skills regarding the preparation of gender statistics and increase knowledge on gender data sources, and explore historically grounded regional disparities in gender relations. Knowledge of MS Excel and reading knowledge of Turkish is required. 

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About Project Supervisors

Hülya Canbakal
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Alpay Filiztekin
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences