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Gendered and Ethnic Captivity and Slavery in Safavid Persia: A Literature Review

Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 15508, 1001 NA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(1), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10010022
Received: 6 December 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 12 January 2021 / Published: 14 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Social Stratification and Inequality)
The Safavid society’s approach to sexuality and gender has made it a reference for the “pre-modern” discourse, in which gender and sexuality manifest—in contemporary terminology—queerness and fluidity. While it is important not to romanticize the image of the Orient as a queer heaven, it is possible to consider Safavid society as an important site of inquiry that offers valuable insights on pre-colonial gender and sexuality. A less discussed topic in Safavid literature on gender and sexuality is gendered and sexual slavery. This study conducts a review of primary and secondary literature on the Safavid period, including Western travelogues. The paper aims to outline the relations between existing forms of captivity and factors such as gender and ethnic background. The research explores the prevalence of slavery reported in Safavid literature and how slaves’ positions were defined within social hierarchies. View Full-Text
Keywords: captivity; ethnicity; gender; sexual slavery; Safavid; women captivity; ethnicity; gender; sexual slavery; Safavid; women
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Rahbari, L. Gendered and Ethnic Captivity and Slavery in Safavid Persia: A Literature Review. Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10010022

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Rahbari L. Gendered and Ethnic Captivity and Slavery in Safavid Persia: A Literature Review. Social Sciences. 2021; 10(1):22. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10010022

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Rahbari, Ladan. 2021. "Gendered and Ethnic Captivity and Slavery in Safavid Persia: A Literature Review" Social Sciences 10, no. 1: 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10010022

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