Empress of the East (Hardback)
How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire
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Abducted by slave traders from her home in Ruthenia – modern-day Ukraine – around 1515, Roxelana was brought to Istanbul and trained in the palace harem as a concubine for Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire and one of the world’s most powerful men.
Leslie Peirce was until recently Silver Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. She has also taught at Cornell and UC Berkeley. She earned her BA and MA from Harvard and received a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. Peirce’s work has won her two Fulbrights, two NEH fellowships, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and other academic distinctions.