seraglio

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Seraglio:

see İstanbulİstanbul
, city (1990 pop. 6,748,435) and metropolitan muncipality, capital of İstanbul prov., NW Turkey, on both sides of the Bosporus at its entrance into the Sea of Marmara. Since 2004 the metropolitan municipality and province have been coterminous.
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, Turkey.

seraglio

1. An enclosed or protected place.
2. A palace.

seraglio

, serail
1. the harem of a Muslim house or palace
2. a sultan's palace, esp in the former Turkish empire
3. the wives and concubines of a Muslim
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Indeed, Yermolenko positions her subject as "Roxolana" versus "Hurrem," the former moniker indicative of the stories that mythologize her ("Roxolana" suggests her apparent red hair and supposedly "Ruthenian" background) versus the reality that defines her through the latter name, granted upon entrance into the Ottoman harem and complementing her conversion to Islam.
When, increasingly, nineteenth-century Western women like Browne and Jerichau gained access to Ottoman harems, they revealed that such conceptions were far-fetched.
These eyewitness accounts from inside the Ottoman harem are the first full-length study in English of these previously neglected voices.
This is the story of the century-longSultanate of Women,and the unexpected inner workings of the Ottoman harem. After Suleyman the Magnificent fell for a slave girl called Hurrem,life in the Ottoman imperial harem changed greatly.
After this more or less introductory material, chapter six catalogues the Chief Eunuchs of the Ottoman harem, from (Habeshi) Mehmed Agha (term 1574--1590) to Fahreddin Agha (term April to May 1909).