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The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in…

The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire

by Leslie P. Peirce

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Akile Hatun

Asporça Hatun

Ayşe Hatun (wife of Murad IV)

Ayşe Hatun (wife of Osman II)

Ayşe Seniyeperver Sultan

Ayşe Sultan (daughter of Bayezid II)

Gülçiçek Hatun

Gülbahar Hatun

Gülcemal Kadınefendi

Gülfem Hatun

Gülruh Hatun

Gevherhan Sultan (daughter of Ahmed I)

Line of succession to the former Ottoman throne

List of consorts of the Ottoman sultans

List of mothers of the Ottoman sultans

List of Ottoman titles and appellations

List of sultans of the Ottoman Empire

Mahfiruz Hatice Sultan

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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 control for social control of the sexually active.

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