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Taef El-Azhari

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423182

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423182.001.0001

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The Fatimid Eunuchs and their Sphere1

The Fatimid Eunuchs and their Sphere1

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(p.253) 5 The Fatimid Eunuchs and their Sphere1
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Queens, Eunuchs and Concubines in Islamic History, 661-1257
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Taef El-Azhari

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423182.003.0006

The Fatimids had followed the Abbasid tradition of using eunuchs in their caliphate, but they exceeded them in every way. The 10th -11th century could be named, the age of eunuchs. They became deputy to the caliph. Tutor to heir apparent, army commander, and de facto ruler of the realm. One do examine such impact on politics and Isma‘ili doctrine alike. Especially that we have the exceptional memoirs of chief eunuch Jawdhar during the North African stage. Although eunuchs were hired by their masters due to their non-existing political ambition, and absolute loyalty; one see them express their hunger for power, and dominate the state from beginning to end, which influenced Saladin to follow the same tradition when he succeeded the Fatimids in Egypt.

Keywords:   Jawdhar, Deputy caliph, Army commander, De Facto ruler, Barjawan, Realm of eunuchs, Third gender, Sexual politics

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