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Book Title: Harem: The World Behind the Veil|
The author of the book: Alev Lytle Croutier
ISBN 13: 9781558591592
Edition: Abbeville Press
Date of issue: February 1st 1991
Format files: PDF
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I've been meaning to read this book for quite some time now as the idea of the harem has always set my imagination on fire.
Harem: The World Behind the Veil sets out to tell us the truth about The Great Harem and harems in general from the time of the ottoman sultans to the present.
We are told that harem is not all about the sultan having orgies with the girls he owns. In fact, orgies are frowned upon in Islamic culture. The harem represent the actual quarters where the women live (wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, odalisques, female slaves), confined from all male eyes, except for those of blood relatives. They have to live like this because the woman is regarded as the temptress, set upon igniting lust in men. What makes me furious is that the women are secluded not for their own safety, but for that of the men of the world, so that they don't fall into temptation and damn their soul... >.< Yes... Because everything in this world revolves around them.
That aside, the book offers information about how harems worked, who inhabited it and the different ranks the women of the harem could attain. Every now and then, we are provided with examples of famous sultans and the women in their lives. This way we learn that Suleiman the Magnificent had one of his favourites executed because she sold her night with him to another woman.
Also, there are many beautiful illustrations. There are photos from the author's personal archive mixed with reproductions of famous paintings depicting harem life.
All in all, this is a lovely book offering a brief view into an exotic way of living.
*I thank Alev Lytle Croutier, Abbeville Press, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Read information about the authorAlev Croutier was born in Turkey. She has written and directed award-winning independent films and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (the first ever for a screenplay) for her work on Tell Me a Riddle. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller Harem: The World Behind the Veil. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.
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