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on November 19, 1998
"Harem"--beautifully and imaginatively illustrated--perpetuates the western myths about the Muslim harem, the women's quarters of the household, whether luxurious or shabby. Readers should recognize that few of the glorious illustrations, most of which show European women in various states of elaborate undress, have anything to do with the reality of the sultan's harem, the truth of which has been filtered through the eyes of western travelers who could never have been omitted to the harem. This is a not a scholarly account, by any means, but a wide-ranging collection of fascinating images.
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The book was fun and easy to read, in a very well presented format with a lot of colorful pictures. However, it is very "light weight" if you are really into history.
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