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The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

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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 ...

The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire 1993, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780195086775

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