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Harem The World Behind the Veil free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alev Lytle Croutier Ë 6 read read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Alev Lytle Croutier Ace as a paradigm for them all We enter the slave markets and the lavish boudoirs of the sultanas; we witness the daily routines of the odalisues and of the eunuchs who guarded the harem Here too we learn of the labyrinthine political scheming among the sultan’s wives his favorites and the valide sultana the sultan’s mother whose power could eclipse that of the sultan himselfThere were the harems of the sultans and the pashas but there were also “middle class” harems the households in which ordinary men and women lived out ordinary albeit polygamous lives Croutier reveals their marital customs child rear. Diaphanous veils steamy wading pools and chaise lounge all occupied by beautiful women just waiting to be called upon by their sultan This is the image that most people conjure when the word Harem is uttered This 25th Anniversary re release of Ms Croutier s book uite honestly does not do much to dispel this fantasyYes Ms Croutier describes some of the eroticism involved with living in a harem as well as the elaborate dress and grooming rituals the women always being ready for their master But she also gives the details about the different types of Harems the term widely used for any group of women occupying the same home and bound in one way or another to the master of the house some harems being only a separate space cordoned off by a simple curtain Most of the book concerns itself with the day to day lives of its inhabitants the caste system present within the harem the children and of course the essential eunuchs Then Ms Croutier moves on from titillating her readers with descriptions of the baths and women lovers to describe how despite being uite literally locked behind closed doors these women were able to wield considerable power over the Sultans and influence the politics of the timeMs Croutier does explain in her forward that Physical and spiritual isolation of women and polygamy were not uniue to Turkey Harems existed throughout history in different parts of the Asian world cloistered women protected and guarded by eunuchs Her book focuses on one Imperial harem Seraglio because it has history for her family It is very difficult to obtain factual information about harems because they were so cloistered but Ms Croutier s grandmother lived in a harem until 1909 at which time they were abolished giving her some letters photographs and other information to use as a starting point for her research Some of her personal photos are included in this book as well as paintings and sketches depicting typical conceptions of life in a harem Harem always invokes some sense of mystery so when I saw this book offered I thought I would like to know a little behind the curtain information about harems This was an interesting book although personally I could have done with a little less information about the various castration procedures I did notice that the parts of the book describing the people living in and around the harem were written with a sense of feeling and emotion uite likely due to the author s familial history while the sections about the politics read a little bit like a high school history report dates names and statistics Overall I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn a little bit about the world of harems but be warned although the narrative sometimes speaks in generalities this book does focus on one specific haremI received this ebook at no charge from Abbeville Pressvia Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Harem The World Behind the Veil free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alev Lytle Croutier Ë 6 read read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Alev Lytle Croutier Ing practices and superstitions Finally she shows how this Eastern institution invaded the European imagination in the form of decoration costume and art and how Western ideas in turn finally eroded a system that had seemed eternal Juxtaposing a rich array of illustrations Western paintings Turkish and Persian miniatures family photographs and even film stills Croutier demystifies the Western erotic fantasy of “the world behind the veil” This revised and updated 25th anniversary edition of Harem includes a new introduction by the author revisiting her subject in light of recent events in Turkey and the world. For almost 400 years until 1909 the Grand Harem in Istanbul s Topkapi Palace was home to thousands of women who often had been bought at slave markets for a price lower than a good horse In fact the horse probably had a better life than the harem dwellersAuthor Alev Lytle Croutier relates the day to day experiences of the women who inhabited these chambers what they ate the clothes they wore the games they played together the passions the treachery and the opium induced reveries in which they passed long hours One of her grandmothers had been brought up in a harem and Croutier s interest stemmed from this she then went on to research the world of the harem in detailThe book is lavishly illustrated with reproductions of photographs and artworks depicting the life that Croutier describes The history is very superficial really just an overview of what life may have been like generally for women who lived this way of life but still informative It left me wanting to know I had it as a bedside book and and was able to dip in and out of it over uite a few monthsShe does go into details about the different types of eunuchs and their operations I defy any male to read this chapter and not suirm I did wonder though despite her close links with Turkey if she didn t give a western look at harem life The artwork she chose although wonderful were mostly by western artists who probably had never even set foot in a harem let alone faithfully reproduce one accurately

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Harem The World Behind the Veil free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alev Lytle Croutier Ë 6 read read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Alev Lytle Croutier A fascinating illustrated history of one of the strangest and cruelest cultural institutions ever devised A worldwide best seller translated into twenty five languages“I was born in a konak old house which once was the harem of a pasha” writes Alev Lytle Croutier “People around me often whispered things about harems; my own grandmother and her sister had been brought up in one”Drawing on a host of firsthand accounts and memoirs as well as her own family history Croutier explores life in the world’s harems from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century focusing on the fabled Seraglio of Topkapi Pal. Harem The World Behind the Veil by Alev Lytle Croutier is a gratifying find among the many historical books written about the harem life of the Ottoman Empire A harem was not a hidden decadent enclave of the Sultan s stunning concubines It was simply where the women lived in the palace All of the women lived there including the Sultan s own mother known as the Valide Sultan She was the most powerful figure in the empire after the Sultan himself Croutier doesn t exclusively cover the Turkish harem or Seraglio as it is known and addresses the topic of the harem in general However since Croutier is Turkish and has a personal linkage to this past naturally the majority of her book covers the Ottoman haremReading this book is like watching a documentary Decorated with lush photography and paintings it animates the women who lived in this time and place Croutier covers all elements of the harem life the baths that were a uotidian ritual the poetry of the women s voices an emotional life as multifaceted as the gems adorning them the princesses high ranking concubines and the eunuchs who surrounded them There is also mention of the ordinary harem of domestic households This rich history is laid out like a damask tapestry The author s first person narrative makes the prose all the alluringThe harem life was not easy It was an imprisoned life a segregated complex of buildings populated mostly by foreign slaves A Muslim Turk could not be a consort to the Sultan as slavery was forbidden in Islam Women were kidnapped or sold into the slave market just as cattle were In some ways the Turks are still ashamed of such a history and it was abolished in the early twentieth century Even Mustafa Kemal Ataturk the revolutionary leader and creator of the modern Turkish republic had said Is it possible that while one half of a community stays chained to the ground the other half can rise to the skies Women could rarely leave the walls of the harem but as oppressive as it could be it was still a place of rich culture where a network of women turned to each other for comfort and enjoyed as much of its splendor as they couldResearched extensively Harem offers a rare glimpse into the fascinating yet misunderstood heritage of women in the Ottoman Empire

  • Paperback
  • 224
  • Harem The World Behind the Veil
  • Alev Lytle Croutier
  • English
  • 14 July 2017
  • 9781558591592