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A Message For The Sultan - 16th Century Ottoman Turkey

This illustrious era is brought to life through a compelling story, first person accounts, and numerous hands-on activities. The unique view from the perspective of women will help students understand issues such as the harem, clothing, and use of slaves in the Ottoman world.

Spiralbound, 46 pages
8.5 x 11 inches
ISBN 1-890380-03-2
© 1992
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Message For The Sultan Story- the adventures and aspirations of Kebele, a slave who is sent as a gift to the imperial harem.

Activities/Student Worksheets

Slaves of the Sultan - using information from the story and a map to discover the origins of imperial slaves.

Holding a Henna Party - directions and illustrations for making henna.

Shadow Puppets Retell the Story - creating Turkish shadow puppets and a skit.

Classroom Poll - Separate or Together? - poll and discussion about pros and cons of separate activities for boys and girls.

Women and Harem in Turkey - definition of harem and pro and con views from writers from the 14th to 20th century.

A 400 Year Old Love Poem - analyzing poem of Sultan Suleyman to his love, Hurrem. Shown in Ottoman Turkish script and translated.

Beautiful Writing - working with calligraphy, and understanding tugra (signature) and firmans (imperial edicts).

Background Essay: Women in the Ottoman Empire

Selected Bibliography


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