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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][2] as opposed to the selamlik,[3] the public area or reception rooms, used only by men in traditional Islamic society. 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 cultureEdit

Ann Bridge's Enchanter's Nightshade[4] depicts Ottoman life in the period of Atatürk's rise to power, and makes clear the distinction in social usage in that period between the haremlik and selamlik.


  1. ^ "Haremlik". Archived from the original on 2011-12-24. 
  2. ^ "harem". Wiktionary. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "selamlik". Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Bridge, Ann (1937). Enchanter's Nightshade.