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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Harem, Secret Of The Orient

This the theme of an art exhibition on view in the northern Austrian city of Krems. The exhibition features 80 paintings of French, Italian, Austrian, Hungarian and British artists of the so-called "orientalist" school offer glimpses of the pleasures of the harem, where the wives, mistresses and female relatives of well-to-do Muslims lived.


Blogger Jim Tucker said...

I've got a question. We've all got the images of the luxuriant sultans with their harems full of dozens of luxuriating women. I assume there is an historical basis for this. How, theoretically, does this fit in with the Koranic limit of four wives to be treated equally? Was it simply that religion avoided contradicting the mighty (as happened often enough in the West, with all the mistresses of kings), or is there a theological "loophole" that permitted this?

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