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Queens, Eunuchs and Concubines in Islamic History, 661-1257

Taef El-Azhari


The book provides a critical and systematic analyses of the role of queens, eunuchs and concubines in medieval Islamic history. Spanning over six centuries. It explores gender and sexual politics and power from the time of the Prophet Muhammad through the Umayyad and Abbasid empires to the Mamluks in the 15th century. Based on primary sources, documents, the study looks at the role of women, mothers, wives, concubines, and their close political relationship with eunuchs and atabegs to secure their interests. The book examine in details how, despite the male dominated society, women managed to ... More

Keywords: Middle Eastern History, Islam, Gender, Sexual Politics, Queens, Atabeg, Castrated Atabeg, Eunuchs, Women, Concubines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474423182
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Taef El-Azhari, author
University of Helwan