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Harem Histories - Envisioning Places and Living Spaces

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Klappentext Collection explores the idea and actualities of "harem" and gendered space through historically shifting social and architectural constructs and as a literary and artistic trope, in Islamic societies and in Euro/American imaginations. Zusammenfassung An interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring the harem as it was imagined! represented! and experienced in Middle Eastern and North African societies! and by visitors to those societies.

List of contents

Introduction / Marilyn Booth 1

I. Normative Images and Shifting Spaces

1. Early Women Exemplars and the Construction of Gendered Space: (Re-)Defining Feminine Moral Excellence / Asma Afsaruddin 23

2. Normative Notions of Public and Private in Early Islamic Culture / Yaseen Noorani 49

3. The Harem as Gendered Space and the Spatial Reproduction of Gender / Irvin Cemil Schick 69

II. Rooms and Thresholds: Harems as Spaces, Socialities, and Law

4. Caliphal Harems, Household Harems: Baghdad in the Fourth Century of the Islamic Era / Nadia Maria El Cheikh 87

5. Domesticating Sexuality: Harem Culture in Ottoman Imperial Law / Leslie Pierce 104

6. Panotopic Bodies: Black Eunuchs as Guardians of The Topkapi Harem / Jateen Lad 136

7. Where Elites Meet: Harem Visits, Sea Bathing, and Sociabilities in Precolonial Tunisia, c. 1800¿1881 / Julia Clancy-Smith 177

8. The Harem as Biography: Domestic Architecture, Gender, and Nostalgia in Modern Syria / Heghmar Zeitlian Watenpaugh 211

III. Harems Envisioned

9. Harem/House/Set: Domestic Interiors in Photography from the Late Ottoman World / Nancy Micklewright 239

10. Dress and Undress: Clothing and Eroticism in Nineteenth-Century Visual Representations of the Harem / Joan DelPlato 261

11. Harems, Women, and Political Tyranny in the Works of Jurji Zaydan / Orit Bashkin 290

12. The Harem as the Seat of Middle-class Industry and Morality: The Fiction of Ahmet Midhat Efendi / A. Holly Shissler 319

13. Between Harem and Houseboat: "Fallenness," Gendered Spaces, and the Female National Subject in 1920s Egypt / Marilyn Booth 342

Bibliography 375

Contributors 401

Index 405

About the author

Marilyn Booth, ed.

Product details

Authors Marilyn Booth
Assisted by Marilyn Booth (Editor)
Publisher Duke University Press
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 03.01.2011
EAN 9780822348696
ISBN 978-0-8223-4869-6
No. of pages 424
Series Duke University Press
Subject Social sciences, law, business > Sociology > Sociological theories

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