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Author Ibn al-Sāʻī, ʻAlī ibn Anjab, 1196 or 1197-1275.
ابن الساعي، علي بن انجب،, 1196 or 1197-1275

Title Consorts of the caliphs : women and the court of Baghdad / Ibn al-Sa'i ; edited by Shawkat M. Toorawa ; translated by the editors of the Library of Arabic literature ; introduction by Julia Bray ; foreword by Marina Warner ; volume editor Julia Bray
Published New York : New York University Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (226 pages) : map
Series Library of Arabic literature
Library of Arabic literature.
Contents Cover; Table of Contents; Letter from the General Editor; Abbreviations; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Maps; Note on the Edition; Note on the Translation; Notes to the Front Matter; CONSORTS OF THE CALIPHS; 1. Ḥammādah bint 'Īsā; 2. Ghādir; 3. 'Inān, daughter of 'Abd Allāh; 4. Ghaḍīḍ; 5. Haylānah; 6. 'Arīb al-Ma'mūniyyah; 7. Bid'ah al-Kabīrah; 8. Būrān; 9. Mu'nisah al-Ma'mūniyyah; 10. Qurrat al-'Ayn; 11. Farīdah; 12. Isḥāq al-Andalusiyyah; 13. Faḍl al-Shā'irah al-Yamāmiyyah; 14. Bunān; 15. Maḥbūbah; 16. Nāshib al-Mutawakkiliyyah; 17. Fāṭimah; 18. Farīdah; 19. Nabt
20. Khallāfah21. Ḍirār; 22. Qaṭr al-Nadā; 23. Khamrah; 24. 'Iṣmah Khātūn; 25. Māh-i Mulk; 26. Khātūn; 27. Banafshā al-Rūmiyyah; 28. Sharaf Khātūn al-Turkiyyah; 29. Saljūqī Khātūn; 30. Shāhān; 31. Dawlah; 32. Ḥayāt Khātūn; 33. Bāb Jawhar; 34. Qabīḥah; 35. Sitt al-Nisā' ; 36. Sarīrah al-Rā'iqiyyah; 37. Khātūn al-Safariyyah; 38. Khātūn; 39. Zubaydah; Notes; The Abbasid Caliphs; The Early Saljūqs; Chronology of women Featured in Consorts of the Caliphs; Glossary of Names; A; B; D; F; G; H; I; J; K; M; N; Q; S; T; U; W; Y; Z; Glossary of Places; A; B; C; D; E; F; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; P; R; S; T; W
YGlossary of Realia; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; J; M; P; R; S; T; W; Bibliography; Further Reading; Index of Qur'anic Verses; Index of Arabic verses; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute; About the Typefaces; About the Editor and Translators
Summary Consorts of the Caliphs is a seventh/thirteenth-century compilation of anecdotes about thirty-eight 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). 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, Ghadir, 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 authority was trying to reassert itself and Baghdad was again a major center of intellectual and religious activity--we meet women such as Banafsha, who endowed law colleges, had bridges built, and provisioned pilgrims bound for Mecca; slave women whose funeral services were led by caliphs; and noble Saljuq princesses from Afghanistan. Informed by the author's own sources, his insider knowledge, and well-known literary materials, these singular biographical sketches, though delivered episodically, bring the belletristic culture of the Baghdad court to life, particularly in the personal narratives and poetry of culture heroines otherwise lost to history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-200) and indexes
Notes Bilingual English and Arabic texts on facing pages
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Subject Abbasiden 749-1258
Women -- Islamic Empire -- Anecdotes -- Early works to 1800
Queens -- Islamic Empire -- Anecdotes -- Early works to 1800
Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258 -- Early works to 1800
Abbasids -- Early works to 1800
HISTORY -- World.
Islamic Empire
Genre/Form Anecdotes
Early works
Form Electronic book
Author Toorawa, Shawkat M., editor
Bray, Julia, editor
Ibn al-Sāʻī, ʻAlī ibn Anjab, 1196 or 1197-1275. Nisāʼ al-khulafāʼ.
ابن الساعي، علي بن انجب، 1196 or 1197-1275. نساء الخلفاء
Ibn al-Sāʻī, ʻAlī ibn Anjab, 1196 or 1197-1275. Nisāʼ al-khulafāʼ. English.
ISBN 9781479842360