Space: Harem: Overview
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The word “ harem” refers to the female members of a household, or to the dedicated architectural enclosure in which they live. Few Islamic institutions can rival the harem in the concerted – even obsessive – manner in which it has been represented in art, literature, social theory, and political discourse. Although there is today a relatively consistent tissue of images that defines popular…

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Schi̇ck, İrvi̇n Cemi̇l, “Space: Harem: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2009

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