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Summary Renegade Women

This book uses the stories of early modern women in the Mediterranean who left their birthplaces families and religions to reveal the complex space women of the period occupied socially and politicallyIn the narrow sense the word renegade as used in the early modern Mediterranean referred to a Christian who had abandoned his or her religion to become a Muslim With Renegade Women Eric R Dursteler deftly redefines and broadens the term to include anyone who crossed the era’s and region’s religious political social and gender boundaries Drawing on archival research he relates three tales of women whose lives afford great insight into both the specific experiences and condit This is not a book you would want to grab at the library for a uick read This is a scholarly look at women of the Mediterranean who followed their own path and not one their father or husband had planned for them For a history book I found this rather easy to read and I particularly enjoyed the story of Catterina whose father finally realized how happy she was with the life she chose and decided to support her decision to stay in the convent I have to admit I would never have picked up this book were it not a selection for my book club For people studying the Mediterranean in the 15 and 1600 s I think this would be a great addition to their studies I got a bit bogged down at times with the names there were many to keep track of and they changed their names and some of the history but that is mostly because I am not very familiar with this time period in the Mediterranean

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Renegade Women

F four Muslim women of the Greek island of Milos Aissè her sisters Eminè and Catigè and their mother Maria who together left their home for Corfu and converted from Islam to Christianity to escape Aissè’s emotionally and financially neglectful husband Dursteler unveils how a woman’s attempt to control her own life ignited an international firestorm that threatened Venetian Ottoman relationsA truly fascinating narrative of female instrumentality Renegade Women illuminates the nexus of identity and conversion in the early modern Mediterranean through global and local lenses Scholars of the period will find this to be a richly informative and thoroughly engrossing read I probably would have not read this book if weren t for our book club but I am glad I did It is a non fiction historical that takes place on the Mediterranean in the 1600 s For it being non fiction historical all written from old documents it is an engaging story and I enjoyed learning about woman during that era in that particular part of the world

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Ion of females in and the broader cultural and societal practices and s of the early MediterraneanThrough Beatrice Michiel of Venice who fled an overbearing husband to join her renegade brother in Constantinople and took the name Fatima Hatun Dursteler discusses how women could convert and relocate in order to raise their personal and familial status In the parallel tales of the Christian Elena Civalelli and the Muslim Mihale Šatorovic who both entered a Venetian convent to avoid unwanted arranged marriages he finds courageous young women who used the frontier between Ottoman and Venetian states to exercise a surprising degree of agency over their lives And in the actions o I had to read this book for my French women studies class and compared to the other assigned readings this was by far the easiest I gained a lot of insight on the differences between Muslim and Christian cultures during the early modern period I also learned how each culture liberated while also limiting women This book was really interesting and I think the stories of Elena Civalelli and Mihale Satorovic touched me the most and truly speak upon the representation of a renegade woman


10 thoughts on “Renegade Women

  1. says:

    February book club feat The Author We had a great book club discussion about this month's selection and I am just honored to be able to talk about books with women who are intelligent fair minded and open to looking at the w

  2. says:

    This is not a book you would want to grab at the library for a uick read This is a scholarly look at women of the Mediterranean who followed their own path and not one their father or husband had planned for them For a history book I found this rather easy to read and I particularly enjoyed the story of Catterina whose father fin

  3. says:

    excellent reuired reading for my Mediterranean Encounters class at Muhlenberg College Follows true stories of women in the era

  4. says:

    This was a challenging read and I really debated 3 or 4 stars In the end I went with 4 because I try to rank each book within its own

  5. says:

    Book Club February 2012 The author came to our meeting Two things about this book the book itself and our book cl

  6. says:

    I had to read this book for my French women studies class and compared to the other assigned readings this was by far the easiest I gained a lot of insight on the differences between Muslim and Christian cultures during the early mod

  7. says:

    I probably would have not read this book if weren't for our book club but I am glad I did It is a non fiction historical that takes place on the Mediterranean in the 1600's For it being non fiction historical all

  8. says:

    I wish there was to this book because by the end I was fascinated Dursteler did some meticulous research and presented three stories of women at the locus of politics religion and gender relations Makes me want to learn about the Mediterranean

  9. says:

    These are great stories they leave you wanting to know Great bit of sleuthing by the author to piece together the events of the lives of these remarkable women

  10. says:

    I am generally a novel type reader so this was a bit different for me I did like the stories and found it very interesting I

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