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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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Hierarchies of Age and Gender in the Mughal Construction of Domesticity and Empire

Hierarchies of Age and Gender in the Mughal Construction of Domesticity and Empire

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(p.48) Chapter Three Hierarchies of Age and Gender in the Mughal Construction of Domesticity and Empire
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Rereading the Black Legend
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Ruby Lal

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0003

This chapter examines the role of gender and age in the construction of domesticity in the Mughal Empire. It argues that the increasing number and invisibility of women in the imperial harem in Mughal India marked the changing claims by the sultan to a differentiating divinity. This chapter also suggests that the secreting of the women allowed Hindu and Muslim ritual practices to coexist so that the two cultures could be connected and that the mixing of cultures took place behind the mystifying screens of the harem itself.

Keywords:   domesticity, gender, age, Mughal Empire, women, imperial harem, ritual practices, mixing of cultures

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