Session1320
TitleThe 'Other' Women: Aspects of the Harem
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserAnn R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
 
Moderator/ChairAnn R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
 
RespondentLeslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
 
Paper 1320-a The Abbasid Harem: Fantasy versus Reality
(Language: English)
Maha Baddar, Department of Writing, Pima Community College, Arizona
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Women's Studies
Paper 1320-b The 'Other' Female Voice in The Arabian Nights
(Language: English)
Sally Hany Abed, Department of English Language & Literature, Alexandria University
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Women's Studies
Paper 1320-c The Public Sphere during the Abbasid Period, 750-1258 AD: The Role of Sufi Women
(Language: English)
Atta Muhammad, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Social History; Women's Studies
 
AbstractThe first paper will contrast orientalist representations of the Abbasid harem with accounts by medieval Arab historians, showing how residents of the harem, slaves, and members of the caliphal family used the means available to them to circumvent an oppressive space. The second paper will examine the multivalent significance of the voice of Dunyazad, Scheherazade's sister, in The Arabian Nights in structuring the tales and her depiction as 'other' both textually and visually within the wider context of medieval Arab female voices. The third speaker examines the role of women in the public sphere during the later Abbasid period.