ANAMED Library Talks: Leslie Peirce – Writing Imperial Bibliography: Hürrem Sultan and the Politics of Royal Motherhood

ANAMED Library Talks, jointly organized by Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) Library and the History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı), will continue with Leslie Peirce (NYU) on December 1, 2020. Professor Peirce will speak about her book Empress of the East: How a Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire (Basic Books, 2017), which has recently been published in Turkish under the title Hürrem Sultan (İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, 2019). The woman we know as Hürrem Sultan became a mother during the first year of Süleyman I’s reign. As the concubine mother of a son, she was now ineligible for further intimate contact with the sultan  because her job now was to focus wholly on the prince’s training. But Süleyman’s decision to make Hürrem his sole consort (and mother of six)  thrust her into a thorny maze of politics. The talk will be moderated by Zeynep Simavi (ARIT). This month’s talk will be in English and will take place online.For details please click here.


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