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By Caryl Phillips

During this attention-grabbing inquiry into the African Diaspora, Caryl Phillips embarks on a soul-wrenching trip to the 3 significant ports of the transatlantic slave exchange.

Juxtaposing tales of the earlier along with his personal present-day reports, Phillips combines his amazing talents as a commute essayist with an astute knowing of heritage. From an West African businessman's interactions with white Methodists in nineteenth-century Liverpool to an eighteenth-century African minister's complicity within the promoting of slaves to a fearless white judge's campaign for racial justice in Forties Charleston, South Carolina, Phillips unearths the worldwide the effect of being uprooted from one's domestic via resonant, strong narratives.

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Cover of a Koran, decorated in gold filigree work CLOCKS European clocks given to, or bought by, various sultans form the majority of this collection, despite the fact that there were makers of clocks and watches in Istanbul from the 17th century. The clocks A 17th-century watch made of gold, enamel and precious stones range from simple, weightdriven 16th-century examples to an exquisite 18th-century English mechanism encased in mother-of-pearl and featuring a German organ which played tunes on the hour to the delight of the harem.

CERAMICS Experts and amateurs come from all over the world to view the collection of Chinese ceramics and porcelain on ARCHAEOLOGY display in the kitchens of Topkapı Palace. The earliest The archaeological fruits examples provided the inof the expansive Ottoman spiration for Turkey’s Empire are displayed in the indigenous ceramic Archaeological Museum, production at İznik (see p161). Examples where the exhibits range from St Saviour in Chora of İznik tiles can be monumental 6th-century BC near the city walls seen on the walls of Babylonian friezes to exquis- which has some particTopkapı Palace and ite classical sarcophagi and ularly fine examples in the city’s mosques.

58 I S T A N B U L A R E A B Y A R E A Topkapı Palace: The Harem The word Harem derives from the Arabic for “forbidden”. A Harem was the residence of the sultan’s wives, concubines and children, who were guarded by black slave eunuchs. The sultan and his sons were the only other Stained-glass men allowed access to the window in the Harem, which also included Paired Pavilions the Cage, a set of rooms where the sultan’s brothers were confined to avoid destabilizing succession contests. Topkapı’s Harem was laid out by Sultan Murat III in the late 16th century and is a labyrinth of brilliantly tiled corridors and chambers.

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