The Slave Girls of Baghdad: The Qiyan in the Early Abbasid Era (Library of Middle East History)

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From the refined Geisha of the Imperial Court to the learned hetaerae of Ancient Greece, the captivating history of courtesans and slave girls transcends countless cultural boundaries and fields of academic study. The Slave Girls of Baghdad explores the origins, education and art of the ""qiyan"" -- indentured girls and women who entertained and entranced the caliphs and aristocrats who worked the labyrinths of power within ninth-century Baghdad and throughout the Abbasid Empire. Through a detailed analysis of Islamic law, historical sources and poetry, F. Matthew Caswell examines the qiyans' unique place in Abbasid society and their contested moral standing, providing a comprehensive overview and cultural comparison of an elusive and alluring institution. This fascinating history will be essential reading for all interested in the story of slavery along with the rich world of the Abbasid Empire more widely.

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F. Matthew Caswell has a doctorate in Classical Arabic from the University of Oxford, and has had a long career as a barrister.

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'The merits of Caswell's study are several. He has taken the poetry of the women singers seriously, providing copious examples in accessible, often elegant translation. If, as he describes it, this material was not always 'high art' on a par with the best work of the great medieval poets, at the very least it casts invaluable light on early Abbasid culture. Caswell has done the field a service in bringing this material to light.' - Matthew Gordon, Miami University; 'The Slave Girls of Baghdad offers a rich picture of Baghdad in its early flourishing days, not dominated by sectarian violence and destruction, through a thorough, critical and often entertaining presentation of the world of the Arab geisha-like 'Slave Girls' - a somewhat understudied aspect of a great civilization. The book is both scholarly and popular: it will be fruitfully read by students of Arabic and specialists in Arab or Islamic cultural history, though it could also easily be read by non-specialists.' - Geert Jan van Gelder, FBA. Laudian Professor of Arabic, University of Oxford

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