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harem

A collection of sexual partners who are available for use by only one person.
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Mirzai describes harem life in Iran from the only two sources-biographies of Persian courtiers and European accounts.
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There are thought to be 1,000 harems in Britain costing at least pounds 5million a year but the rules will see dozens more turned away.
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While the word "eunuch" may conjure up images of sultans and harems Len Lustgarten's mesmerising book is about much much more.
I suspect that most people's objections rest on images of female harems kept at knifepoint.
There, the horses learned to find food on their own, defend themselves against wolves, and live in family groups called harems. In 1992, researchers flew the first group of takhi to Mongolia, where the horses spent another two years getting used to the new terrain, climate, and food.
It is the first book to focus exclusively on visual representations of "the harem." (Ruth Bernard Yeazell's Harems of the Mind: Passages of Western Art and Literature, 2000, considered both texts and pictures.) Quotes bracket "the harem" throughout DelPlato's book to honor the author's fundamental claim about its fictitiousness: "the topic and term are western inventions" (12) and "the harem was a rich, unfixed symbol" (238).
Halide is a young girl growing into a woman within the exotic world of the harems of the Ottoman Empire, just as it is crumbling apart, and just as its most intelligent citizens are giving up many of the Islamic traditions and are leaning to the ideas of the West.
(10) Although fantasies of the harem tend to people this forbidden space with a multitude of women, it was suggested by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu that, in reality, and appropriately to Albertine's enclosure, most harems consisted of a single woman, only the very wealthy being able to afford to keep more, or the very profligate desiring to do so: 'Tis true their Lave permits them 4 Wives, but there is no Instance of a Man of Quality that makes use of this
According to Jobert, the servant was added by Delacroix because that feature "adds to exoticism and respects Europeans' view of Turkish harems" (150).
Harems have usually been regarded as silken prisons for beautiful women kept in isolation for their master's pleasure.