In the Pan Historia Junction Novel:
There are a million stories within the city... or in this case, at least 1001. Istanbul... the city that commands the straits between Europe and Asia, the center of the sultan's empire. It is from this city that Ziva's story begins.
Deep within the palace is the sultan's iwan, audience chamber; it is here that the powers that be decide the fate of the empire and its inhabitants, including its noble daughters. They are parceled out to the best advantage of the sultan... bringing him alliances with the other powerful families whose support is required to maintain his reign.
Protected by the ghulams is the dar al-huram - the woman's area - where the wives, concubines, and daughters live in isolation from the greedy eyes of the outside world. Here the women are taught the songs and dance used to entertain their men, in addition to valuable lessons in poetry and language producing the most intelligent women in the world.
Zone : History
Ramon de Montoya
Jafar al Rashid