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The Female Slave Market in Constantinople (1 Mar)
From the slave market to the sultan's bedchamber (17 Feb)
Buying a new slave for your harem (4 Feb)
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Edward Lane's descriptions and drawings of female clothing (27 Jan)
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"The Arab Scribe" by J.F. Lewis, 1852
"The Bath" by J.L. Gerome, in the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
"Odalisque" by Max Nonnenbruch
"By order of the sultan" by Antonio Fabres
"Idle Moments" by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, 1875
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Sountrack cover from Kismet (1955)

Sountrack cover from Kismet (1955)

From the 1950s musical romp "Kismet", this soundtrack album cover shows Lalume (Dolores Gray) offering some Turkish Delight to the poet Hajj (Howard Keel). In the scene, Lalume is the favorite wife of the vizier and is trying to seduce Hajj, and her and the vizier's other wives and slavegirls sing about Turkish Delight (rahadlakum): "On nights when my lord looketh listless // And black is the hue of his gloom // His handmaiden hath what he lacketh // And what doth he lack? // Rahadlakum!"

Used in my Turkish Delight blog post.

Last modified 26 Apr 13, 7:39 PM by Tanos