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Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean$
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Joshua M. White

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781503602526

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503602526.001.0001

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Piracy in the Courts

Piracy in the Courts

(p.221) Chapter Six Piracy in the Courts
Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean

Joshua M. White

Stanford University Press

Relying on Ottoman court records from Istanbul to Crete, this chapter shows how merchants, monks, and mariners, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, Ottomans, and foreigners used the Ottoman Islamic courts, how victims of piracy sought restitution and sometimes revenge. It asks how complex jurisdictional questions were addressed and how the legal theory introduced in the previous chapter impacted the legal strategies of litigants, Ottoman and foreign alike, in Ottoman courts. It explores examples of disputes over ships and cargo seized by pirates, suits lodged by victims against their alleged pirates, privateering arrangements contracted and disputed in court, and prosecutions of alleged pirates. Telling these stories and examining their outcomes, the chapter ties together the threads from the preceding examination of the courts, Islamic law, the Ottomans’ diplomatic dealings, and Ottoman administrative responses to piracy.

Keywords:   kadi, sicil, Islamic court, Galata, Rumeli kazasker, Candia, Crete, lawsuit, arbitration, jurisdiction

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