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Harem

(1989)
The World Behind the Veil
A non fiction book by

 
This book offers an insight into the harem and harem life, focusing on the famed Seraglio of Topkapi Palace. The author uses her first-hand experience to describe the absolute rule of the sultans, the slave markets and the eunuchs. The book is illustrated with paintings by Delacroix, Ingres and Renoir, Turkish woodcuts, Persian miniatures, photographs and film stills. Croutier investigates the middle class harems, looking at the polygamous life of ordinary Middle Eastern households, including marital customs, child rearing, medical practices, superstitions and the expression of desire and jealousy. "Harem" shows how this Eastern institution invaded the Victorian imagination, in the form of decorating, costume and art and how Western ideas, in turn, eroded a system which had seemed to be absolutely powerful.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: Harem: The World Behind the Veil
Author(s): Alev Lytle Croutier
ISBN: 0-7475-0497-0 / 978-0-7475-0497-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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May 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Harem: World Behind the Veil -C
Author(s): Alev Lytle Croutier
ISBN: 0-89659-903-5 / 978-0-89659-903-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Ltd
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Harem: The World Behind the Veil
Author(s): Alev Lytle Croutier
ISBN: 0-7892-1206-4 / 978-0-7892-1206-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Abbeville Press
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February 1991 : USA Paperback
Title: Harem: The World Behind the Veil
Author(s): Alev Lytle Croutier
ISBN: 1-55859-159-1 / 978-1-55859-159-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Abbeville Press
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Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Harem: The World Behind the Veil
Author(s): Alev Lytle Croutier
Publisher: Abbeville Press
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