Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire
Christine Woodhead, University of Durham, EHR, June 96 It is a well-informed, scholarly study which owes little to the contemporary Ottoman political theory which normally dominates the historiography of this period, and a good deal to sociological insight. Although much of Peirce's material and many of her individual points are not in themselves new, her overall approach is. The book is striking and refreshing for its consistent and detailed re-interpretation of a very large subject, examining the nature of Ottoman
sovereignty in terms of the dynastic family as a whole rather than merely of the sultan who was its figurehead.
<br>Leslie P. Peirce is Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley<br>
Introduction: Myths and Realities of the Harem Part I: The Politics of Reproduction 1. The House of Osman 2. Wives and Concubines: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 3. The Age of the Favorite: 1520-1566 4. The Age of the Queen Mother: 1566-1656 5. The Imperial Harem Institution Part II. Women and Sovereign Power 6. Shifting Images of Ottoman Sovereignty 7. The Display of Sovereign Prerogative 8. The Politics of Diplomacy 9. The Exercise of Political Power Conclusion: Women, Sovereignty, and Society Appendix: Genealogical Charts Notes Bibliography Index