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The imperial harem : women and sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

Author: Leslie P Peirce
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Series: Studies in Middle Eastern history (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, the author demonstrates that female power  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie P Peirce
ISBN: 0195076737 9780195076738 9780195086775 0195086775
OCLC Number: 27811454
Description: xii, 374 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
Contents: Map of the Ottomans in Anatolia and Rumelia after Their Defeat by Timur (Tamerlane) in 1402 --
Map of the Ottoman Empire and Its Vassals during the Reign of Suleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566) --
Introduction: Myths and Realities of the Harem --
pt. 1. The Politics of Reproduction --
1. The House of Osman --
2. Wives and Concubines: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries --
3. The Age of the Favorite: 1520-1566 --
4. The Age of the Queen Mother: 1566-1656 --
5. The Imperial Harem Institution --
pt. II. Women and Sovereign Power --
6. Shifting Images of Ottoman Sovereignty --
7. The Display of Sovereign Prerogative --
8. The Politics of Diplomacy --
9. The Exercise of Political Power --
Conclusion: Women, Sovereignty, and Society --
Appendix: Genealogical Charts.
Series Title: Studies in Middle Eastern history (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Leslie P. Peirce.
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From the beginning of the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent in 1520 until the mid-17th century, high-ranking women of the Ottoman dynasty enjoyed a degree of political power. This text examines the  Read more...

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