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The life of Martha Riggs as a Missionary wife and mother in the 19th Century Ottoman

Talk by Melisa Korkmaz

April 6, 2020

ANAMED Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, İstiklal Caddesi No. 181, Merkez Han, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Martha Jane Dalzel Riggs, a missionary wife who spent time initially in Greece, and then mostly in the Ottoman Empire between 1832 and 1887, and wrote a book called Letters to Mothers, an early manuel on childhood instruction, is the fascinating topic of a thesis by Melisa Korkmaz. Her name does not apparently appear in any official missionay archive. In this photograph, she is seen with her husband Elias Riggs. It comes from Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812–1960

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