Structures of Power: Law and Gender Across the Ancient Near East and Beyond [Paperback]

Ilan Peled()

ISBN: 9781614910398 | Published by: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago | Series: Oriental Institute Seminars | Volume: 12 | Year of Publication: 2018 | 228p, H10 x W7,
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Structures of Power


This volume publishes the proceedings of the eleventh annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar. Its central goal is to present a cross-cultural study of the intersection between law and gender relations in the ancient world, with a focus on the ancient Near East. When reflecting upon the formation, perpetuation, and interactions of social structures that frequently come into conflict with each other, one discovers that gender constructs are used by mechanisms of social monitoring and control; structures of power. One such example is the realm of jurisdiction and legislation. This volume uses the sphere of legal institutions as a prism through which to consider gender relations in the ancient world, both in the Near East and beyond. The way in which similar issues were manifested in different cultural and historical contexts is examined, with the goal of identifying common denominators as well as particularities. The three themes discussed in this volume are examined through multiple historical-cultural examples.

Table of Contents


Section I: The Ancient Near East and Beyond: Formal Law and Informal Custom.
Section II: The Ancient Near East: Law, Administration, and Economy.
Section III: Beyond the Ancient Near East: Family and Kin Relations.
Section IV: Response.

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