6. Ladies who Lounge: Class, Religion and Social Interaction in Seventeenth-Century Isfahan

  1. Lin Foxhall2 and
  2. Gabriele Neher3
  1. Emma Loosley

Published Online: 13 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch6

Gender and the City before Modernity

Gender and the City before Modernity

How to Cite

Loosley, E. (2012) Ladies who Lounge: Class, Religion and Social Interaction in Seventeenth-Century Isfahan, in Gender and the City before Modernity (eds L. Foxhall and G. Neher), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Leicester, UK

  2. 3

    University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118234433

Online ISBN: 9781118234471

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Keywords:

  • seventeenth-century Isfahan, and ladies who lounge;
  • space, temporal stratigraphy, women and the courts;
  • Islamic stereotypical women, preconceptions in Iranian society, dispelled;
  • harem life in Safavid Isfahan, the anderuni, open to women;
  • harem of Shah ‘Abbas, dominating Isfahan and the anderuni;
  • noble Georgian women, pivotal role in the imperial harem;
  • courtyard house, gender relationships, a sense of gendered space;
  • material culture, and gender relationships in Safavid Isfahan;
  • the fall of the Perso-Georgian, and a more liberated form of women

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Town and country

  • Harem life in Safavid Isfahan

  • Outside the harem: the Christian women of Isfahan

  • Art and architecture as signifiers of religious and class distinctions

  • Conclusion: material culture as a signifier of gender relationships in Safavid Isfahan