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Woman Of Power | by Morgana Nagorski
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The mother of a new Sultan came to the harem with pomp and circumstance and assumed the title of Queen Mother (Valide Sultan) upon her son's ascension. She was paramount chief and ran the Harem and ruled over the members of the dynasty. The Valide Sultan, who herself used to be a concubine of the Sultan’s father, had the authority to regulate the relations between the sultan and his wives and children. No concubine could leave or enter the premises of the Harem without the explicit permission of the Queen Mother. Her powers even extended to questions of life and death of a concubine, with eunuchs directly reporting to her.

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Taken on May 3, 2011