Imperial Harem Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

ISBN-10: 0195086775

ISBN-13: 9780195086775

Edition: 1993

Authors: Leslie P. Peirce

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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 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.
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction Myths and Realities of the Harem
The House of Osman
Wives and Concubines: the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
The Age of the Favorite: 1520-1566
The Age of the Queen Mother: 1566-1656
The Imperial Harem Institution
Shifting Images of Ottoman Sovereignty
The Display of Sovereign Prerogative
The Politics of Diplomacy
The Exercise of Political Power
Conclusion: Women, Sovereignty, and Society
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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