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The first study to explore the lives of female slaves of the Ottoman imperial court, including the period following their manumission and transfer from the imperial palace. Through an analysis of a wide range of hitherto unexplored primary sources, Betül İpşirli Argıt demonstrates that the manumission of female palace slaves and their departure from the palace did not mean the severing of their ties with the imperial court; rather, it signaled the beginning of a new kind of relationship that would continue until their death. Demonstrating the diversity of experiences in non-dynastic female-agency in the early-modern Ottoman world, Life After the Harem shows how these evolving relationships had widespread implications for multiple parties, from the manumitted female palace slaves, to the imperial court, and broader urban society. In so doing, İpşirli Argıt offers not just a new way of understanding the internal politics and dynamics of the Ottoman imperial court, but also a new way of understanding the lives of the actors within it.Read more
- The first study to explore the lives of female slaves of the Ottoman imperial court, including the period following their manumission and transfer from the imperial palace.
- Demonstrates the diversity of experiences and agency of non-dynastic female members of the imperial courts
- Opens new horizons for those interested in the roles of palace women, the nature of patronage relationships, and personal and political dynamics in the Ottoman imperial court
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- Date Published: October 2020
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108488365
- length: 304 pages
- dimensions: 240 x 160 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.75kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The Imperial Harem and Its Residents
2. Departure from the Imperial Palace and Changing Relationships with the Imperial Court
3. Marriage Patterns
4. Residential Districts and Relations with Society
5. Material World: Fortunes and Possessions
6. Charitable Activities: Architectural Patronage and Endowments.
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