Cariyelik Women slavery goes back to the era before islam. Baghdad used to be the most important slave market at the time of the Abbasides. After islam this business had to continue due to social and economic factors. We notice that women slavery in the Ottoman Harem started with Orhan Bey, but from the period of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror the number of women slaves in the Harem increased rapidly. After that time, it became a new tradition for the Sultans to marry women slaves of the Harem.
July 28, New York: Abbeville Press. BECAUSE it is so self-evidently an unjust and archaic social institution, the harem has been frivolously and indulgently served up as an entertainment product, even to this day. In fact, the harem belongs to the history of slavery - specifically, women's form of slavery - flourishing from the Middle Ages to the early part of this century. Alev Lytle Croutier documents the harem as it was, whenever possible using the testimony of its inmates. The words of one unknown Turkish woman - speaking out of her humiliation with touching dignity - can be read as a summation, and indictment, of the harem:.