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Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey

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Publisher Comments:

As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, a country both European and Asian, forward-looking yet rooted in ancient empire, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of 30 expatriates from six different nations, who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the ?Orient,? describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities. Poignant, humorous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road, and deep into the feminine stronghold of Ottoman bathhouses. Coining the ?expat harem? as a distinct community, the editors boldly reclaim the concept of an Eastern harem, long the subject of erroneous Western stereotype. ?Much like the imported brides of 15th-century sultans, our expat harem is conjured by the shared circumstance of being foreign-born and female in a land laced with a harem tradition,? Ashman and Gökmen declare. ?Our writers are inextricably wedded to Turkish culture, embedded in it, yet alien nonetheless.?

Review:

"[T]he stories...entertain and inform. Read about navigating male-female relationships and one woman's really close shave in a Turkish hamam." International Herald Tribune

Review:

"The beauty of Tales is that each story paints Turkey as the narrator experiences it, and, together, the stories construct a portrait of a people and their place." National Geographic Traveler

Review:

"[A] wonderful book; beautifully written, thought-provoking and inspiring. Every essay is spot on, literary and insightful....Be ready to book a flight to Istanbul afterwards." Telegraph (UK)

Synopsis:

As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations—artists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and others—who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the “Orient,” describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities. Poignant, humorous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road, and deep into the feminine stronghold of steamy Ottoman bathhouses. The outcome is a stunning collection of voices from women suspended between two homes as they redefine their identities and reshape their worldviews.

Synopsis:

This anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of 30 expatriates from six different nations, who established lives in Turkey. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the country's mystique, the religious conflicts, cultural discoveries, and customs.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580051552
Author:
Ashman, Anastasia M.
Publisher:
Seal Press (CA)
Editor:
Ashman, Anastasia M.; Gokmen, Jennifer Eaton
Editor:
Gokmen, Jennifer Eaton
Editor:
Gökmen, Jennifer Eaton
Editor:
G&#0246 Kmen, Jennifer Eaton
Author:
Gokmen, Jennifer Eaton
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Visitors, Foreign
Subject:
TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Turkey Social life and customs.
Subject:
Turkey Social conditions 20th century.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Seal Women's Travel
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in 9 oz

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Product details 300 pages Seal Press (CA) - English 9781580051552 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he stories...entertain and inform. Read about navigating male-female relationships and one woman's really close shave in a Turkish hamam."
"Review" by , "The beauty of Tales is that each story paints Turkey as the narrator experiences it, and, together, the stories construct a portrait of a people and their place."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderful book; beautifully written, thought-provoking and inspiring. Every essay is spot on, literary and insightful....Be ready to book a flight to Istanbul afterwards."
"Synopsis" by ,
As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations—artists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and others—who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the “Orient,” describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities. Poignant, humorous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road, and deep into the feminine stronghold of steamy Ottoman bathhouses. The outcome is a stunning collection of voices from women suspended between two homes as they redefine their identities and reshape their worldviews.
"Synopsis" by , This anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of 30 expatriates from six different nations, who established lives in Turkey. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the country's mystique, the religious conflicts, cultural discoveries, and customs.
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