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Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History

Matthew S. Gordon and Kathryn A. Hain


Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History contains 16 essays that consider, from a variety of viewpoints, enslaved and freed women across medieval and premodern Islamic social history. The essays bring together arguments regarding slavery, gender, social networking, cultural production (music, poetry, and dance), sexuality, Islamic family law, and religion in the shaping of Near Eastern and Islamic society over time. They range over nearly 1,000 years of Islamic history—from the early, formative period (7th–10th century CE) to the late Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal eras (1 ... More

Keywords: gender in world history, Islamic history, Islamic medieval society, slavery, women, women in Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190622183
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190622183.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew S. Gordon, editor
Professor of History, Miami University

Kathryn A. Hain, editor
PhD candidate in Middle Eastern History, University of Utah