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Barely had civilisation begun when women first started to forget their place in it. Hatshepsut had already been queen, the wife of the pharaoh Thutmose II, and then after his death ruled Egypt as the regent for his infant son. Hatshepsut ruled in her own right from until BC. She emphasised her kingly power by depicting herself in portraits with a beard and male pharaoh regalia, just to drive the point home.

Towards the end of his life, he took it upon himself to try and wipe any memory of Hatshepsut from the historical record, destroying her statues and monuments and removing her name from the official list of kings they kept stuck to the fridge. Perhaps it was in order to make the succession from Thutmose I to II to III perfectly uncontested, or perhaps it was just because he was a bit of a dick. Maybe soon though! People need time to adjust to crazy new ideas. Born in Yemen, Khayzuran was captured as a slave and brought to the palace of Caliph al-Mahdi in Baghdad, the seat of the Abbasid Empire that ruled the Islamic world from the 8th century until , when the Mongols conquered the city.

Baghdad in this time, and for centuries after, was lit. Well-regulated markets offered trade from India, China, and basically everywhere else. People came from all over and shared scientific and literary knowledge. Baghdad has from its start been bookobsessed. Educated Baghdadi citizens frequented libraries and bookstores and read works from around the world translated to Arabic in one of the translation schools of the city.

Now forget what you think you know about harems. If you have vague memories of the word or paintings of women lolling about half-naked, know that these images come from the minds of horny white European men, the kind of men who nowadays visit a Middle Eastern country for a week and thenceforth hold court in all social gatherings about the mysteries of the Orient.

In reality, the harem was the private sphere of women in an imperial court, and was a highly political place. When Khayzuran was brought to the palace at Baghdad, her impoverished family came with her, and their fate would be altered beyond their wildest imaginings. Khayzuran became the wife of al-Mahdi, and manoeuvred their sons to be named his heirs in spite of an earlier marriage. As the wife of the caliph, Khayzuran was an active and public face of state affairs, and arranged excellent positions in government for her much-elevated family. To quell any unrest in a sudden power vacuum, she disbursed two years of pay to the army.

Khayzuran called back her sons, and arranged for dignitaries and power brokers to swear allegiance to the elder son, al-Hadi. Unfortunately for all involved, al-Hadi turned out to be a garbage son. He was also jealous of his younger brother. Al-Hadi felt very threatened by his mother, who had cultivated a powerful network of advisers and officials who visited her regularly in the palace. Look to your prayers and your prayer be. Was it her who did it? Khayzuran continued managing her own affairs of state just fine, and Harun trusted his mother for advice in matters of policy.

He happily divided responsibilities and power with her, and presided over a glorious court. Subh was born some time in the s AD. Her name was originally Aurora, and Subh has the same meaning in Arabic — the dawn. You know, your standard princes and princesses fairy tale stuff. Subh married the caliph al-Hakam, who was a nerd. Like all nerds with money, al-Hakam spent vast fortunes on books, collecting and copying and rebinding them, and, presumably, putting them in a large tub and swimming in them. In the days before Kindles, this meant sending out emissaries across the world to seek out books and purchase them for enormous sums.

He built up the University of Cordoba to be perhaps the greatest in the world. As al-Hakam got older, he just wanted to chill with his bathtub full of books, and left matters of state to Subh instead. Busy with her political machinations and the management of the empire, Subh took on a secretary, Ibn Amir, who was 26 years old, hot, smart, and helpful.

At this point he and Subh may have had a thing. Or was there even a three-way thing going on? Or a four-way thing including the books? Ibn Amir, as well as being a sexy side piece, was also ambitious. Like career girls in every film that has ever been made about career girls, he wanted to work his way to the top, and that he did, becoming hajib, or chief adviser. Subh ruled publically, and not behind the scenes from the harem. But soon enough, things got sticky between Subh and her side boo, Ibn Amir, as these things always do.

He wanted to break the glass ceiling that had so long held back male secretaries, and rule the empire himself. It was the first time in the Islamic world that a non-caliph ruled. Subh had kind of set a precedent for this, by normalising her role as regent. After ruling Cordoba for two decades until her boo betrayed her, Subh disappeared from political life, and spent her later years much the same way many old ladies do, commissioning large infrastructure projects.

She directed the construction of bridges and mosques and hospitals and more. In the end, she died in , probably looking great for her age. Log In. Log In Register now My . By Hannah Jewell. November 1, pm Updated July 17, am. Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art Barely had civilisation begun when women first started to forget their place in it.

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