The Imperial Harem

The Imperial Harem
  • Author : Leslie P. Peirce
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Pages : 374
  • Relase : 1993
  • ISBN : 0195086775

The Imperial Harem Book Review:

The unprecedented political power of the Ottoman imperial harem in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is widely viewed as illegitimate and corrupting. This book examines the sources of royal women's power and assesses the reactions of contemporaries, which ranged from loyal devotion to armed opposition. By examining political action in the context of household networks, Leslie Peirce demonstrates that female power was a logical, indeed an intended, consequence of political structures. Royal women were custodians of sovereign power, training their sons in its use and exercising it directly as regents when necessary. Furthermore, they played central roles in the public culture of sovereignty--royal ceremonial, monumental building, and patronage of artistic production. The Imperial Harem argues that the exercise of political power was tied to definitions of sexuality. Within the dynasty, the hierarchy of female power, like the hierarchy of male power, reflected the broader society's control for social control of the sexually active.

The Women's Awakening in Egypt

The Women's Awakening in Egypt
  • Author : Beth Baron
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 259
  • Relase : 1997-01-01
  • ISBN : 0300072716

The Women's Awakening in Egypt Book Review:

Between 1892 and 1920 nearly thirty Arabic periodicals by, for, and about women were produced in Egypt for circulation throughout the Arab world. This flourishing women's press provided a forum for debating such topics as the rights of woman, marriage and divorce, and veiling and seclusion, and also offered a mechanism for disseminating new ideologies and domestic instruction. In this book, Beth Baron presents the first sustained study of this remarkable material, exploring the connections between literary culture and social transformation. Starting with profiles of the female intellectuals who pioneered the women's press in Egypt--the first generation of Arab women to write and publish extensively--Baron traces the women's literary output from production to consumption. She draws on new approaches in cultural history to examine the making of periodicals and to reconstruct their audience, and she suggests that it is impossible to assess the influence of the Arabic press without comprehending the circumstances under which it operated. Turning to specific issues argued in the pages of the women's press, Baron finds that women's views ranged across a wide spectrum. The debates are set in historical context, with elaborations on the conditions of women's education and work. Together with other sources, the journals show significant changes in the activities of urban middle- and upper-class Egyptian women in the decades before the 1919 revolution and underscore the sense that real improvement in women's lives--the women's awakening--was at hand. Baron's discussion of this extraordinary trove of materials highlights the voices of the female intellectuals who championed this awakening and broadens our understanding of the social and cultural history of the period.

The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem

The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem
  • Author : Jane Hathaway
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 340
  • Relase : 2018-08-31
  • ISBN : 9781107108295

The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem Book Review:

A study of the chief of the African eunuchs who guarded the sultan's harem in Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire.

Life after the Harem

Life after the Harem
  • Author : Betül Ipsirli Argit
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2020-10-31
  • ISBN : 9781108488365

Life after the Harem Book Review:

The first study exploring the lives of female slaves of the Ottoman imperial court, drawing from hitherto unexplored primary sources

The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher

The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Pages : 324
  • Relase : 2010-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780292783355

The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher Book Review:

In the Western imagination, the Middle Eastern harem was a place of sex, debauchery, slavery, miscegenation, power, riches, and sheer abandon. But for the women and children who actually inhabited this realm of the imperial palace, the reality was vastly different. In this collection of translated memoirs, three women who lived in the Ottoman imperial harem in Istanbul between 1876 and 1924 offer a fascinating glimpse "behind the veil" into the lives of Muslim palace women of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The memoirists are Filizten, concubine to Sultan Murad V; Princess Ayse, daughter of Sultan Abdulhamid II; and Safiye, a schoolteacher who instructed the grandchildren and harem ladies of Sultan Mehmed V. Their recollections of the Ottoman harem reveal the rigid protocol and hierarchy that governed the lives of the imperial family and concubines, as well as the hundreds of slave women and black eunuchs in service to them. The memoirists show that, far from being a place of debauchery, the harem was a family home in which polite and refined behavior prevailed. Douglas Brookes explains the social structure of the nineteenth-century Ottoman palace harem in his introduction. These three memoirs, written across a half century and by women of differing social classes, offer a fuller and richer portrait of the Ottoman imperial harem than has ever before been available in English.

Empress of the East

Empress of the East
  • Author : Leslie Peirce
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 368
  • Relase : 2017-09-19
  • ISBN : 9780465093090

Empress of the East Book Review:

The "fascinating . . . lively" story of the Russian slave girl Roxelana, who rose from concubine to become the only queen of the Ottoman empire (New York Times). In Empress of the East, historian Leslie Peirce tells the remarkable story of a Christian slave girl, Roxelana, who was abducted by slave traders from her Ruthenian homeland and brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in Istanbul. Suleyman became besotted with her and foreswore all other concubines. Then, in an unprecedented step, he freed her and married her. The bold and canny Roxelana soon became a shrewd diplomat and philanthropist, who helped Suleyman keep pace with a changing world in which women, from Isabella of Hungary to Catherine de Medici, increasingly held the reins of power. Until now Roxelana has been seen as a seductress who brought ruin to the empire, but in Empress of the East, Peirce reveals the true history of an elusive figure who transformed the Ottoman harem into an institution of imperial rule.

Concubines and Courtesans

Concubines and Courtesans
  • Author : Matthew S. Gordon,Kathryn A. Hain
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 400
  • Relase : 2017
  • ISBN : 9780190622183

Concubines and Courtesans Book Review:

Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History contains sixteen essays on enslaved and freed women across medieval and pre-modern Islamic social history. The essays consider questions of slavery, gender, social networking, cultural production, sexuality, Islamic family law, and religion in the shaping of Near Eastern and Islamic society over time.

The Midwife of Venice

The Midwife of Venice
  • Author : Roberta Rich
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2012-02-14
  • ISBN : 9781451657487

The Midwife of Venice Book Review:

Not since Anna Diamant’s The Red Tent or Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history. A “lavishly detailed” (Elle Canada) debut that masterfully captures sixteenth-century Venice against a dramatic and poetic tale of suspense. Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers using her secret “birthing spoons.” When a count implores her to attend his dying wife and save their unborn son, she is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but his payment is enough to ransom her husband Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can she refuse her duty to a woman who is suffering? Hannah’s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the child and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. Told with exceptional skill, The Midwife of Venice brings to life a time and a place cloaked in fascination and mystery and introduces a captivating new talent in historical fiction.

Beshir Agha

Beshir Agha
  • Author : Jane Hathaway
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2012-12-01
  • ISBN : 9781780741956

Beshir Agha Book Review:

This book explores the life of el-Hajj Beshir Agha (ca. 1657-1746), the most powerful Chief Harem Eunuch in the history of the Ottoman Empire Enslaved in his native Ethiopia as a boy, then castrated in Egypt, el-Hajj Beshir became one of hundreds of East African eunuchs who inhabited the imperial palace’s enormous harem. Rising through the ranks to become harem treasurer by 1707, he eventually oversaw the educations of crown princes and harem women whilst choosing and deposing a long series of grand viziers. Wielding unparallelled power and influence over the empire, the libraries that he founded throughout the region helped to shape the religious and intellectual profile of the Ottoman state.

Istanbul - Kushta - Constantinople

Istanbul - Kushta - Constantinople
  • Author : Christoph Herzog,Richard Wittmann
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 312
  • Relase : 2018-09-03
  • ISBN : 9781351805223

Istanbul - Kushta - Constantinople Book Review:

Istanbul – Kushta – Constantinople presents twelve studies that draw on contemporary life narratives that shed light on little explored aspects of nineteenth-century Ottoman Istanbul. As a broad category of personal writing that goes beyond the traditional confines of the autobiography, life narratives range from memoirs, letters, reports, travelogues and descriptions of daily life in the city and its different neighborhoods. By focusing on individual experiences and perspectives, life narratives allow the historian to transcend rigid political narratives and to recover lost voices, especially of those underrepresented groups, including women and members of non-Muslim communities. The studies of this volume focus on a variety of narratives produced by Muslim and Christian women, by non-Muslims and Muslims, as well as by natives and outsiders alike. They dispel European Orientalist stereotypes and cross class divides and ethnic identities. Travel accounts of outsiders provide us with valuable observations of daily life in the city that residents often overlooked.

The Imperial Harem of the Sultans

The Imperial Harem of the Sultans
  • Author : Leylâ Saz
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 222
  • Relase : 1994
  • ISBN : UOM:39015038378959

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The Women Who Built the Ottoman World

The Women Who Built the Ottoman World
  • Author : Muzaffer Özgüles
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2017-06-30
  • ISBN : 9781786722089

The Women Who Built the Ottoman World Book Review:

At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the Ottoman Empire remained the grandest and most powerful of Middle Eastern empires. One hitherto overlooked aspect of the Empire's remarkable cultural legacy was the role of powerful women - often the head of the harem, or wives or mothers of sultans. These educated and discerning patrons left a great array of buildings across the Ottoman lands: opulent, lavish and powerful palaces and mausoleums, but also essential works for ordinary citizens, such as bridges and waterworks. Muzaffer OEzgule? here uses new primary scholarship and archaeological evidence to reveal the stories of these Imperial builders. Gulnu? Sultan for example, the favourite of the imperial harem under Mehmed IV and mother to his sons, was exceptionally pictured on horseback, travelled widely across the Middle East and Balkans, and commissioned architectural projects around the Empire. Her buildings were personal projects designed to showcase Ottoman power and they were built from Constantinople to Mecca, from modern-day Ukraine to Algeria. OEzgule? seeks to re-establish the importance of some of these buildings, since lost, and traces the history of those that remain. The Women Who Built the Ottoman World is a valuable contribution to the architectural history of the Ottoman Empire, and to the growing history of the women within it.

The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire

The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire
  • Author : George H. Junne
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2016-06-22
  • ISBN : 9780857728081

The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire Book Review:

The Chief Black Eunuch, appointed personally by the Sultan, had both the ear of the leader of a vast Islamic Empire and held power over a network of spies and informers, including eunuchs and slaves throughout Constantinople and beyond. The story of these remarkable individuals, who rose from difficult beginnings to become amongst the most powerful people in the Ottoman Empire, is rarely told. George Junne places their stories in the context of the wider history of African slavery, and places them at the centre of Ottoman history. The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire marks a new direction in the study of courtly politics and power in Constantinople.

Harem Histories

Harem Histories
  • Author : Marilyn Booth
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Pages : 416
  • Relase : 2010
  • ISBN : 9780822348696

Harem Histories Book Review:

An interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring the harem as it was imagined, represented, and experienced in Middle Eastern and North African societies, and by visitors to those societies.

Harem

Harem
  • Author : Alev Lytle Croutier
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Pub Limited
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 1989
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105040957628

Harem Book Review:

Harem explores life in the world's harems from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.

The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the Sixteenth Century

The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the Sixteenth Century
  • Author : Pinar Kayaalp
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 172
  • Relase : 2018-04-09
  • ISBN : 9781351596619

The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the Sixteenth Century Book Review:

Nurbanu (1525–1583) is one of the most prominent yet least studied royal women of the Ottoman dynasty. Her political and administrative career began when she was chosen as the favorite concubine of the crown prince Selim. Nurbanu’s authority increased when her son Murad was singled out as crown prince. By 1574, when her son, Murad III became Sultan, Nurbanu officially took on the title of Valide Sultan, or Queen Mother, holding the highest office of the imperial harem until her death in 1583. This book concentrates on the Atik Valide mosque complex, which constitutes the architectural embodiment of Nurbanu’s prestige, power and piety. The arrangement of the chapters is designed to enable readers to reconsider Ottoman imperial patronage practices of the late sixteenth century using the architectural enterprise of a remarkable woman as the common thread. Chapter 1 provides a general history of the wqaf institution to inform on its origins and evolution. Chapter 2 looks closely at the political dealings of Nurbanu, both in the domestic and the international sphere, building upon research concerning Ottoman royal women and power dynamics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Chapter 3 presents a textual analysis of the written records pertaining to Nurbanu’s imperial mosque complex. Chapter 4 examines the distinctive physical qualities and functional features of the Atik Valide within its urban context. The book concludes by assessing to what extent Nurbanu was involved in the representation of her power and piety through the undertaking of her eponymous monument. Providing a complete study of the life and times of this Ottoman empress, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Ottoman studies, gender studies, history of art and architecture, Islamic studies, history of religion and Middle Eastern studies.

The Imperial Harem

The Imperial Harem
  • Author : Leslie P. Peirce
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 798
  • Relase : 1988
  • ISBN : OCLC:175310962

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Intimate Outsiders

Intimate Outsiders
  • Author : Mary Roberts
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Pages : 195
  • Relase : 2007-12-10
  • ISBN : 0822339676

Intimate Outsiders Book Review:

DIVComparative study of 19th-century representations of Ottoman harems that considers both the tradition of British paintings and writings about harems as well as the perspectives of Ottoman women who commissioned their own harem portraits./div

A Spectrum of Unfreedom

A Spectrum of Unfreedom
  • Author : Leslie Peirce
  • Publisher : Central European University Press
  • Pages : 134
  • Relase : 2021-05-30
  • ISBN : 9789633864005

A Spectrum of Unfreedom Book Review:

Without the labor of the captives and slaves, the Ottoman empire could not have attained and maintained its strength in early modern times. With Anatolia as the geographic focus, Leslie Peirce searches for the voices of the unfree, drawing on archives, histories written at the time, and legal texts. Unfree persons comprised two general populations: slaves and captives. Mostly household workers, slaves lived in a variety of circumstances, from squalor to luxury. Their duties varied with the status of their owner. Slave status might not last a lifetime, as Islamic law and Ottoman practice endorsed freeing one’s slave. Captives were typically seized in raids, generally to disappear, their fates unknown. Victims rarely returned home, despite efforts of their families and neighbors to recover them. The reader learns what it was about the Ottoman environment of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that offered some captives the opportunity to improve the conditions of their bondage. The book describes imperial efforts to fight against the menace of captive-taking despite the widespread corruption among the state’s own officials, who had their own interest in captive labor. From the fortunes of captives and slaves the book moves to their representation in legend, historical literature, and law, where, fortunately, both captors and their prey are present.

The Harem Midwife

The Harem Midwife
  • Author : Roberta Rich
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 352
  • Relase : 2014-02-25
  • ISBN : 9781476712819

The Harem Midwife Book Review:

An opulent, riveting, and suspenseful continuation of the thrilling historical novel The Midwife of Venice set in medieval Constantinople. AN OPULENT, CAPTIVATING, AND SUSPENSEFUL HISTORICAL NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE THRILLING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE The Imperial Harem, Constantinople, 1578. Hannah and Isaac Levi, Venetians in exile, have overcome unfathomable obstacles to begin life anew in the Ottoman Empire. He works in the growing silk trade, and she, the best midwife in the capital, tends to the hundreds of women in Sultan Murat III’s lively and infamous harem. One night, Hannah is unexpectedly sum­moned to the extravagant palace and confronted with Leah, a Jewish peasant girl who was violently abducted. The sultan favors Leah as his next conquest and wants her to produce his heir, but if the spirited girl fails an important test, she faces a terrible fate. Taken by Leah’s tenacity, Hannah risks everything to help her. But as Hannah agonizes over her decision, an enchanting stranger arrives from afar to threaten her peaceful life with Isaac, and soon Leah too reveals a dark secret that could condemn them both. Filled with adventure and vivid detail and peopled with memorable charac­ters, The Harem Midwife showcases Roberta Rich’s boundless talent for cap­turing readers’ imaginations.