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Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781580051552
Author(s): Anastasia M. Ashman
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
Dimensions: 142 x 190 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 293
Series: Seal Women's Travel

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As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, a country both European and Asian, forward-looking yet rooted in ancient empire, "Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of 30 expatriates from six different nations, who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the "Orient," describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities. Poignant, humorous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road, and deep into the feminine stronghold of Ottoman bathhouses.
Coining the "expat harem" as a distinct community, the editors boldly reclaim the concept of an Eastern harem, long the subject of erroneous Western stereotype. "Much like the imported brides of 15th-century sultans, our expat harem is conjured by the shared circumstance of being foreign-born and female in a land laced with a harem tradition," Ashman and Gvkmen declare. "Our writers are inextricably wedded to Turkish culture, embedded in it, yet alien nonetheless."

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