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Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

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First BBQ party and lecture of this summer was held on Saturday June 14th at 4:00 pm. Mrs. Asli Sancar, author of the book "Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality", was the guest speaker of the day. She gave insight to the Ottoman Women carefully separating the myth from reality. She gave many examples from Ottoman history that made the audience think that Ottoman history is really not known well.

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality is finalist in two categories in this year's Benjamin Franklin Awards. The book was nominated for both exceptional content and visual quality, in the history/political and cover-design/large format categories, respectively.

Some pictures of the event


Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Asli Sancar

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality



Speaker: Mrs. Asli Sancar
Theme: Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality
Place: IDC Carlstadt Center
545 Interstate Pl. Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2008
Time: Between 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

BBQ parties are open to public and free of charge and this particular BBQ is organized by IDC Women Association



ABOUT THE BOOK

Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality


"Ottoman Women: Myth and Reality" explores the lifestyles and legal rights of Muslim women in the Ottoman Empire, particularly in the 19th century. The book features hundreds of illustrations and portraits of Ottoman women as well as objects related with the period. Challenging the unfavorable stereotype of Muslim women in the harem, the author argues that the Western perception of Muslim women has been dominated by fiction such as the "1001 Nights" fairy tales or through fantasy-based travel accounts by people who simply would no way be allowed into a harem.
Nevertheless, there were some travelers who spent a considerable amount of time in Turkey and were also welcomed into harems. Julia Pardoe, Lady Montague and Lucy Garnett are among a few of the many travelers Aslı Sancar quotes in her book. Depending on reliable historical references from these travelers, Sancar confidently argues that Ottoman women were perhaps the freest in the world and could seek their legal rights in the courts against their husbands.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Asli Sancar


Asli Sancar is an author and lecturer on women's issues. Born and raised in the US, she has lived in Istanbul for nearly a quarter of a century and has been studying the role of women in the Ottoman Empire for about 10 years. She is a frequent lecturer on the subject and has published two books and numerous articles about women and the family. By means of European travelers' report and court records, Mrs. Sancar examines the Orientalist's myth of Harem.

 

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