Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality
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Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

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Guided by the accounts of such female travelers as Lady Montagu, Julia Pardoe, and Lucy Garnett, all of whom lived in Ottoman lands for significant periods of time, this beautifully illustrated book explores--and hopes to overturn--the 19th-century stereotypes of Ottoman women. Both Eastern and Western accounts of Turkish society during that time made much of the harem, wi...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Light, Inc.
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Barb Deshler
The illustrations were lovely, but the content, while interesting, was repetitive and seemed to be primarily intended to glorify the status of women in the Ottoman empire, rather than to explain everyday life for these women. Surely not everything was wonderful. The gilded minority was emphasized, and there must have been many people who did not own slaves, for whom life was not such a splendid treat.

Fascinating book with great pictures. Loved, loved, loved it - and now (other than the religion issue) I've found the historical time/culture I want to time travel to and live in. Those Ottoman women had lovely lives, *completely* unlike the modern myth of how they lived.
The text of the book was interesting in spots, a bit dull in others, but the glimpse inside a world of mysterious women was fascinating overall.
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Asli Sancar is author of Ottoman Women Myth and Reality, a book which challenges the Orientalist myth that Ottoman women were erotic, indolent and suppressed. The book, which gives a realistic account of Ottoman women and harem life based on valid documentation, was awarded first place in the history/politics category in the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Publishing Awards and was a finalist in cover desi...more
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