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A harem bathhouse, from manuscript of the Zanan Nameh by Fazil Yildiz, University of Istanbul.
Harem Scene with Mothers and Daughters in Varying Costumes, One of 274 Vintage Photographs. Brooklyn Museum.

Harem (pronounced [haˈɾem], Turkish, from Arabic: حرم‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} ḥaram "forbidden place; sacrosanct, sanctum", related to حريم{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} ḥarīm, "a sacred inviolable place; female members of the family" and حرام{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} ḥarām, "forbidden; sacred") refers to the sphere of women in what is usually a polygynous household and their enclosed quarters which are forbidden to men. The term originated in the Near East. Harems are composed of wives and concubines. The South Asian equivalent, for those that practise purdah, is known as zenana.


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