Arabian Royalty By: Stephen Gruenke
Sultans • Sultans were very much like kings, and would rule over one or very many cities. • Sultan was a hereditary position, and the oldest son would inherit the title from his father. • Sometimes, all of the brothers would become sultan, but they would rule over different places.
Wives • Most sultans had many wives. • Sometimes a sultan would have only one wife at a time, but would remarry often. • The sultan could do whatever he wanted to his wife or wives, and without question.
Harems • A harem was the home for servants, wives, and children in the palace. • The harem was ruled over by the Khatun, or the sultan’s mother. • Male servants in the harem were called Eunuchs, who were castrated to ensure they would not have children with the women.
Palaces • The palaces were the huge castle like structures where the royalty made their home. • They were often made up of several buildings. • The hallways were decorated with flowers, vases, and cushions for guests. • A garden or courtyard was common to have.