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Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium

Judith Herrin

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691153216
eISBN:
9781400845217
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691153216.001.0001
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This book explores the exceptional roles that women played in the vibrant cultural and political life of medieval Byzantium. This book evokes the complex and exotic world of Byzantium's women, from ... More


 Islamic Tradition and Celibacy

Shahzad Bashir

in Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195306316
eISBN:
9780199867721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The prophet Muhammad served as a model for those entering into marriage and celibacy is rejected as a human invention, although the Islamic tradition embodies exceptions with Sufism and its more ... More


Gender and Monasticism in Late Antiquity

Rebecca Krawiec

in Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195129434
eISBN:
9780199834396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195129431.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The coexistence of two apparently contradictory attitudes towards gender in Shenoute's monasticism engage the variety of literature describing female monastic experiences in late antiquity. This ... More


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

Taef El-Azhari

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474423182
eISBN:
9781474476751
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423182.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

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 ... More


De Sancta Virginitate: On Holy Virginity

P. G. Walsh

in De bono coniugali and De sancta virginitate

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198269953
eISBN:
9780191601132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198269951.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The treatise incorporates two main themes, virginity in itself, and the necessity of humility in consecrated virginity. Virginity itself is considered from three aspects: first, Christ and his mother ... More


Inside the World of the Eunuch: A Social History of the Emperor's Servants in Qing China

Melissa S. Dale

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9789888455751
eISBN:
9789888455607
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455751.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book tells the story of how Chinese palace eunuchs, a complicated and much-maligned group of people, struggled to insert a degree of agency into their lives. During the Qing dynasty, the ... More


Beijing

R. Po‐chia Hsia

in A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199592258
eISBN:
9780191595622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592258.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History, History of Religion

In 1600, Ricci attempted once more to reach Beijing, Accompanied by Diego de Pantoja, a Spanish Jesuit, he travelled north on the Grand Canal. En route, the Jesuits, on their mission as ... More


Eunuchi Fecunda Fides Gentiles, Sinners, and Song of Songs I: 5

Richard Hillier

in Arator on the Acts of the Apostles: A Baptismal Commentary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198147862
eISBN:
9780191672330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198147862.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

In his exposition of the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, Arator's main concern is to set the eunuch, or rather his mistress, Queen Candace, in her ... More


Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule

Norman A. Kutcher

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520297524
eISBN:
9780520969841
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520297524.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chinese eunuchs have long been an object of fascination, but shockingly little is known about them. Castrated so as to maintain the integrity of the imperial line by ensuring that any child born in ... More


The Female in Aristotle's Biology: Reason or Rationalization

Robert Mayhew

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226512006
eISBN:
9780226512020
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512020.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

While Aristotle's writings on biology are considered to be among his best, the comments he makes about females in these works are widely regarded as the nadir of his philosophical oeuvre. Among many ... More


The Cult of the ‘Great Mother’ in Imperial Rome: The Roman and the ‘Foreign’

Mary Beard

in Greek and Roman Festivals: Content, Meaning, and Practice

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199696093
eISBN:
9780191745744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter explores the cult and rituals of Magna Mater (or Cybele) and Attis in imperial Rome. It briefly reviews the history and festivals of the goddess and the sacrifice of the taurobolium ... More


The Nineteenth Century and After

BERNARD LEWIS

in Race and Slavery in the Middle East: An Historical Enquiry

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195053265
eISBN:
9780199854561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195053265.003.0010
Subject:
History, Middle East History

The chapter discusses slaves during the nineteenth century. From the late eighteenth century onwards, there are numerous accounts by contemporary observers of the processes by which African slaves ... More


Women and Power at the Byzantine Court

Kathryn M. Ringrose

in Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520254435
eISBN:
9780520941519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254435.003.0003
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

The Byzantine Empire is an easy target for the historian's orientalizing reflexes. Long accused of oriental decadence and overlaid by centuries of Western perceptions of the oriental harem, the ... More


Politics In An African Royal Harem: Women and Seclusion at the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria

Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan

in Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520254435
eISBN:
9780520941519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254435.003.0006
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter investigates the harem and the political roles played by royal wives at the Benin royal court in Nigeria. Benin resembles many early accounts of palace women in the Middle East, China, ... More


Of Fitnas and Fratricide: The Nadir of Imperial Songhay

Michael A. Gomez

in African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196824
eISBN:
9781400888160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196824.003.0013
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter examines Songhay's twenty-year nadir, which was first and foremost a time of myopia relative to the expansive, internationalist age of Askia Muḥammad that preceded it, its parochialism a ... More


Introduction Eunuchs of Byzantium: Context and Definition

in The Perfect Servant: Eunuchs and the Social Construction of Gender in Byzantium

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720159
eISBN:
9780226720166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720166.003.0001
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter provides an overview of this book, which explores the place of eunuchs in Byzantine society and culture and studies an institution that was both very ancient and quite varied in its ... More


The Kingdom of Eunuchs under the ‘Abbasids

Taef El-Azhari

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474423182
eISBN:
9781474476751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423182.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter analyse the status of eunuchs in Islam, compared to other civilizations. One monitor the different types of eunuchs and their evolution from serving in the harem section under early ... More


Fatimid Royal Women and Royal Concubines in Politics: The Rise of the First Queens of Islam

Taef El-Azhari

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474423182
eISBN:
9781474476751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423182.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter discusses the impact of Fatimid Shi‘i women on political and religious affairs, in collaboration with the other two genders; men and eunuchs. In Early 11th century, Sitt al-Mulk seized ... More


The Fatimid Eunuchs and their Sphere1

Taef El-Azhari

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474423182
eISBN:
9781474476751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423182.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

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 ... More


The Hippocratic “Airs, Waters, Places” on Cross-Dressing Eunuchs: “Natural” yet also “Divine”†

Elinor Lieber

in Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748613199
eISBN:
9780748651016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613199.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

On the northern shores of the Black Sea, the Greek colonists established a number of towns and maintained good relations with the local inhabitants, who were referred to by both Herodotus and the ... More


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