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Haremlik (pronounced [haˈɾemlɪk], Turkish Turk haremlik, fr. harem (fr. Ar ḥarīm & Ar ḥaram) + -lik place

Haremlik, especially in upper-class Ottoman (pre-Atatürk) Turkey, means the private portion of the house, the family rooms,[1] as opposed to the saremlikDefinition source neeeded, the public area or reception rooms. This contrasts with the common usage of harem as an English loan-word, which implies a female-only enclave or seraglio. Although the women of the household were traditionally secluded in the haremlik, both men and women of the immediate family lived and socialized in the haremlik.

Popular Culture[edit]

Ann Bridge's Enchanter's Nightshade[2] depicts Ottoman life in the period of Atatürk's rise to power, and makes clear the distinction in social usage between the haremlik and saremlik.


  1. ^ "Haremlik". 
  2. ^ Bridge, Ann (1937). Enchanter's Nightshade.