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Consorts of the Caliphs
Author: Ibn al-Sai

ISBN: 9781479850983
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 20 March 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.5
Description:
Consorts of the Caliphs is a seventh/thirteenth-century compilation of anecdotes about thirty-nine women who were, as the title suggests, consorts to those in power, most of them concubines of the early Abbasid caliphs and wives of latter-day caliphs and sultans. This slim but illuminating volume is one of the few surviving texts by Ibn al-Sa?i (d. 674 H/1276 AD), and the only one to survive in its entirety. Ibn al-Sa?i was a prolific Baghdadi scholar who chronicled the academic and political elites of his city, and whose career straddled the final years of the Abbasid dynasty and the period following the cataclysmic Mongol invasion of 656 H/1258 AD.In this work, Ibn al-Sa?i is keen to forge a connection between the munificent wives of his time and the storied lovers of the so-called golden age of Baghdad. Thus, from the earlier period, we find Harun al-Rashid pining for his brother's beautiful slave; al-Wathiq falling for a slave who belonged to one of his other slaves; and the artistry of such musical and literary celebrities as ?Arib and Fadl, who bested the male poets and singers of their day. From times closer to Ibn al-Sa?i's own-when Abbasid autho...

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