Ibrahim Karahasan. Ottoman Secrets: The Harem
Category: Ottoman studies; Early Modern History
Османските потайности. Харемът
What do we actually know about the harem as a public institution. Is it true that it is a dark abode for sexual exploitation and exile of unhappy girls? Or their life has its glamorous and attractive side, probably won at the cost of many intrigues, daggers, rope and poison. What are the tastes of the Ottoman sultans for female beauty and how one of the hundreds of competitors in the harem manages to win the heart of the mighty ruler? The answers to these questions are hidden in the pages of this fascinating book.