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Harem Girl eBook and paperback
A sexy adult book by M. Saalih
Harem Girl - a romantic story told through the eyes of a young slave girl about her life and experiences as a harem girl in an Arabian sheik's harem. Revealingly written, no wonder this style of literotica was once banned..
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Unquestionably written after considerable background research into
Middle East harems and quite possibly from first hand experience of
harems. It is hard to tell which. Perhaps a combination of the two.
Slavery was widely practiced at the turn of the century, and I quote from two letters sent by Spanish priests to the Cardinal of Madrid giving account of pirate raids in the Philippines:
Again, in a later letter describing another incident:
At the time of the journal, Western nations had for many years abolished slavery and declared it illegal, but in the Middle East, it was a long held practice that continued well after prohibition laws were passed. This was due largely to the remote location, sparse population, the inhospitable terrain where the practice flourished, and the conflict in ideology between East and West. Additionally, Western governments were in no mood to upset the delicate commercial arrangements between the owners of the newfound oil of the Middle East, and their own commercial oil interests. It was not until 1935 that Somalia officially outlawed slavery, followed by Saudi Arabia in 1962—at the urging of President J.F. Kennedy—one hundred years later than the United States of America.
Our word “harem” is derived from the Arabic word “harim”—“sacred,
forbidden place”, which in turn comes from the Arabic word “harama”—“he
prohibited”. Now as then, it is a section of a house reserved
for the women and children of the household, a quiet sanctum for the
free—a gilded prison for the enslaved. Her narrative of course
documents the latter.
In her journal, which she called her ”Journaux Intimes”,
she mentions many historical characters such as the Bey of Aqaba, Ibn-Saud
and Sharif Hussein of Jeddah, and the towns and countries referred
to all exist. And the hotel she stayed in, in 1925, the Maison Dorée
on rue de Hollande in Tunis, is still open for business today, though
mature and tired, eclipsed by the Hiltons and Holiday Inns of our time,
but no doubt grand accommodation in her day. These are just some of
the facts that lend credence to the authenticity of her account.
On the Erotic Art and Orientalist Picture Gallery page on this site you will find thumbnails linking to some orientalist and erotic harem and slavery pictures that inspired the book.
If you are looking for a book about the romance and customs of harems and life as harem girls in Middle East Arabian harems, then Harem Girl is a must read. It is not to be missed if your literotica interest is romantic and erotic stories with well told story lines or if you have read and enjoyed any of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Release by A. N. Roquelaure ( Anne Rice).