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Title:
The imperial harem : women and sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire
Author:
Peirce, Leslie Penn.
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9780195076738
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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xii, 374 p.
Series:
Studies in Middle Eastern history

Studies in Middle Eastern history (New York, N.Y.)
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Summary

The unprecented 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, 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 concern for social control of the sexually active.


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction Myths and Realities of the Haremp. 3
1 The House of Osmanp. 15
2 Wives and Concubines: the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuriesp. 28
3 The Age of the Favorite: 1520-1566p. 57
4 The Age of the Queen Mother: 1566-1656p. 91
5 The Imperial Harem Institutionp. 113
6 Shifting Images of Ottoman Sovereigntyp. 153
7 The Display of Sovereign Prerogativep. 186
8 The Politics of Diplomacyp. 219
9 The Exercise of Political Powerp. 229
Conclusion: Women, Sovereignty, and Societyp. 267
Appendixp. 287
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 363