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Eunuchs and Sacred Boundaries in Islamic Society

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Eunuchs and Sacred Boundaries in Islamic Society by Shaun Marmon
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In this thought-provoking interdisciplinary work, Shaun Marmon describes how eunuchs, as a category of people who embodied ambiguity, both defined and mediated critical thresholds of moral and physical space in the household, in the palace and in the tomb of pre-modern Islamic society. The author's central focus is on the sacred society of eunuchs who guarded the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina for over six centuries and whose last representatives still perform many of their time honored rituals to this day. Through Marmon's account, the "sacred" eunuchs of Medina become historical guides into uncharted dimensions of Islamic ritual, political symbolism, social order, gender and time.
Release date Australia
October 26th, 1995
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Pages
176
Dimensions
147x217x15
ISBN-13
9780195071016
Product ID
1808742

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