The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - Psychology - 374 pages
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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.
  

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I find this book important, not only as a study which serves well in shattering persisting western myths, but also as a starting point for research in entirely new field of study with respect to political involvement of the Ottoman women. Read full review

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A re-envisioning of the role of women at the Ottoman courts of the 16th and 17th centuries. Pretty good stuff: details the politicizing of reproduction, concubines, and the political responsibilities ... Read full review

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Contents

The House of Osman
15
Wives and Concubines The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
28
The Age of the Favorite 15201566
57
The Age of the Queen Mother 15661656
91
The Imperial Harem Institution
113
Women and Sovereign Power
151
Shifting Images of Ottoman Sovereignty
153
The Display of Sovereign Prerogative
186
The Politics of Diplomacy
219
The Exercise of Political Power
229
Women Sovereignty and Society
267
Genealogical Charts
287
Notes
289
Bibliography
345
Index
363
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Page 4 - ... is a space to which general access is forbidden or controlled and in which the presence of certain individuals or certain modes of behavior are forbidden. That the private quarters in a domestic residence and by extension its female residents are also referred to as a "harem" comes from the 1slamic practice of restricting access to these quarters.

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Leslie P. Peirce is Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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