This book explores harems all over the world, focusing on the celebrated Seraglio of Turkey's Topkapi Palace as a paradigm for all. We are shown the slave market and boudoirs of sultans, the daily routines of the odalisques - their baths, clothes and appetites - and the peculiar lives of the eunuchs who guarded and controlled them; all this alongside the splendour and depravity of the sultans, masters of the harem, whose rule was absolute. The author also looks at the polygamous households of ordinary Middle Eastern ...

Harem: The World Behind the Veil 2014, Abbeville Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780789212061

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Harem: The World Behind the Veil 1989, Abbeville Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780896599031

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Harem: The World Behind the Veil 1989, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London

ISBN-13: 9780747504979

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