Tales From The Expat Harem

Overview

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 illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations-artists, ntrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and others-who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through ...
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Overview

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 illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations-artists, ntrepreneurs, 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.Coining the "expat harem" as a distinct community, the editors also boldly reclaim the concept of an Eastern harem-long the subject of erroneous Western stereotype. "Much like the imported brides of fifteenth-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 Gokmen declare."Our writers are inextricably wedded to Turkish culture, embedded in it, yet alien nonetheless."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458767325
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Losing my gender at Troy 3
Orienting express 10
Hello, I love you 24
The painting or the boy 37
Conversion in Erzurum 46
The beat of a different drummer 56
Coming clean in Kayseri 71
Haze 75
The goddess metamorphosis 91
FeminIstanbul 98
Forever after, for now 109
Village bride 117
A fine kettle of fish 129
Trying the knot, Ottoman princess-style 136
Dancing my way home 151
From the hip 160
The language of family 169
The food factory 179
Cherry pie 189
Water under the bridge 197
The business of the bazaar 209
Unpacking the Pazar Arabasi 218
Ankara's fertile ground 231
A mother's charms 238
Evil eye exorcism 245
Rescued by village intelligence 253
The headman's pajamas 259
Hijacked 269
Failed missionary 274
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