Leslie P. Peirce

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Leslie P. Peirce is an American professor in history. Her research interests include early modern history of the Ottoman Empire, gender, law, and society.[1] She received her B.A. in History from Harvard College, her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. (1988) in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.[2] In 1988–1998 she was with the Cornell University. In 1998–2006 she was professor in the Departments of History and Near Eastern Studies the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2006 she is with Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies of the New York University, where she is the Silver Professor of History.[2]


  • Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire. New York Basic Books, 2017. ISBN 978-0-465-03251-8.
  • 2003:Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab. University of California Press ISBN 978-0-520-22892-4 (book review)
  • 1993: The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press
    • Koprulu Prize of the Turkish Studies Association for best book, 1993–1994.
    • Turkish edition: Osmanlı İmparatorluğunda Hukümranlık ve Kadınlar (Istanbul, 1996);


  1. ^ "Leslie Peirce", a New York University profile
  2. ^ a b "the Silver Dialogues"