The Analysis of the Women's Education Centers in the Ottoman Empire Through the Novels

Volume 5 Issue 2 (July 2023)
Pages: 117-128 Download Count : 354 View Count: 440 DOI Number . Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


Literary texts help the social structure to be understood and be commented on. We can find the interest of the individual and the society not only in the fictional texts like novels and stories but also in memoirs. Compared to novels and stories, memoirs can even be more plausible in the contexts of place, time and person. They present the relevant time, event or person more realistically and in a detailed way. Literary works will be studied in this research with aim of understanding the social structure and life style from the perspective of women's education places. Different spaces can be found in the Ottoman Empire where knowledge-sharing and communication web exist. Coffee-houses, mosques, public baths, picnic areas, beer-houses can be the examples for these spaces. If we touch upon these spaces from the perspective of women in detail, it would be true to say that educational spaces take the forefront in knowledge sharing. In this study, women’s education centers in the Ottoman Empire are examined through novels and memoirs. The spaces of women’s education in Müfide Ferti Tek’s novels “Aydemir” and “Pervaneler" (Moths) and Halide Edip Adıvar’s memoir “Mor Salkımlı Ev” (The House with Purple Wisteria) are touched upon in the research. This article is a qualitative study in terms of its methods


  • Women’s education
  • Ottoman Empire
  • novels
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