The imperial harem : women and sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

Published
  • New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press 1993
Physical description
xii, 374 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
  • 9780195086775
  • 0195076737
  • 9780195076738
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-361) and index.
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.
Related item
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Genre
  • Bibliography
  • cartographic image
  • History.
  • Illustrated
  • still image
  • text
Language
  • English

Summary

  • 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 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. This text 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 control for social control of the sexually active.

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