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Arab Women in the Middle Ages : Private Lives and Public Roles, Hardback Book

Arab Women in the Middle Ages : Private Lives and Public Roles Hardback


Regardless of social rank and religion, whether Christian, Jew, or Muslim, Arab women in the middle ages played an important role in the functioning of society.

This book is a journey into their daily lives, their private spaces and public roles.

First the reader is introduced into the women's sanctuaries, their homes and what occurs within its realm - marriage and contraception, childbirth and childcare, culinary traditions, body and beauty rituals - providing an insight into the rights and rituals prevalent among the different communities of the time.

But women were also very present in the public arena and made important contributions in the fields of scholarship and the affairs of state.

A number of them were benefactresses, poets, calligraphers, teachers and sales women.

Others were singing girls, professional mourners, bath-attendants and prostitutes.

How these women managed their daily affairs, both personal and professional, defined their roles in the wider spheres of society.

Drawing from the Islamic traditions, as well as legal documents, historical sources and popular chronicles of the time, this book offers an informative study.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Middle Eastern history
  • ISBN: 9780863567735

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