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Haremlik. Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women
Vaka Brown's Haremlik is based on experiences in Turkey in the early 1900s when modernization had made inroads into Ottoman domestic life and the harem was becoming a thing of the past.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 9th 2005 by Gorgias Press
(first published October 8th 1909)
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Jan 25, 2019 Pat Schakelvoort rated it liked it · review of another edition
This book was briefly mentioned in Memoirs of Halide Edib stating it was sugared and that haremlik isn't a real Turkish word. The tone is sometimes patronising stating that Turkish women are like children.
Demetra Vaka Brown born as an Ottoman subject of Greek origin.She went to US in earlier youth days and made her living there. She always heard the Turks being spoken of with the feeling of despise and anger by westerner. On contrary she loved Turks. Therefore for western audience, hence the birth of this book consisting of Turkish aristocrat life, customs, manner and their way of thinking and what she thought of that. The stories featured happened during her visit to Turkey after 6years abroad.
Demetra Vaka Brown (b. Buyukada/Prinkipo1877-d. Chicago 1946) belonged to the cosmopolitan middle class of Istanbul and was one of the first Greek immigrant women who joined American mainstream culture and society. After her wedding to author Kenneth Brown, she worked for the American Press and was eventually considered an authority on the subjects of oriental women and also on the Eastern Questio ...more