“A unique text… Offers the pleasure of reading about the highs and lows of women’s often hidden lives at the Abbasid court.”
—Times Literary Supplement
- “A collection of thirty-nine short, biographical entries offering delightful glimpses of moments in women’s lives at the Abbasid courts.”"This edition of Ibn al-Sa'i's work, and its eminently readable translation, will pave the way for much needed studies of Arabic poetry written by women in the Abbasid period."
—Reading Religion (AAR)
"A meticulously edited translation…The rich variety of experiences related here shakes our preconceived notions and can help towards a better understanding, not just of female slaves, but also of women generally in this period and environment.”
—Journal of Islamic Studies
“A rare and unusual book providing glimpses into the lives of influential Muslim women who often pulled the strings from behind the scene… Indispensable for the study of medieval Muslim culture and society.”
—The Muslim News
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