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1. Harem and selamlık

The word “harem,” which comes from the Arabic, denotes a specially protected place where a man lives with his family, and which is closed to male visitors. Such visitors were received in a different area, called the selamlık in Ottoman Turkish, while female visitors were received (in the absence of male residents) in the harem itself. During the 18th century, the harem of a high-ranking family was regarded as the preserve of the wife (…

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Faroqhi, Suraiya, “Harem”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020674>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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