321 s, sert kapak ciltli, İngilizce.
Davis elaborates a detailed ethnography of harem life. . . . She covers an impressive range of Western and Turkish sources. . . . Interviews in the 1960s with elderly Turkish women and their descendants round out Davis's picture. . . . Davis's view of Islamic history resembles that of Hamilton Gibb (1895-1971) and Gustave Von Grunebaum (1909-72) -great orientalists of her generation- more than that of many younger historians. . . . Her grasp of Islamic history is not as sure as Gibb's or Von Grunebaum's, but like them she focuses on the urban upper class and relies primarily on the literary sources they produced. . . . Davis also reflects the orientalists' tendency to reify a timeless 'classical Islam,' which she blames for the seclusion of Ottoman upper-class women.