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[–]hoovy_woopeans 3 points4 points ago

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v. interesting. I recommend watching that whole "inside Islam" documentarylike series, it's very interesting history that usually isnt covered in traditional American education.

[–]curious_electric 2 points3 points ago

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I never thought of them as dens of iniquity or prostitution, nor of sex slavery except inasmuch as one might be made a wife or concubine against one's will and therefore be a de facto slave. I thought of them as private cloistered women's areas, most typically for the multiple wives and/or concubines of some powerful dude like a Sultan.

I didn't know about the political power and community empowerment, but protection certainly, though I thought of the "protection" as the kind of protection you might afford some very valuable and treasured possession or pet.

I also was aware harems were a favorite Orientalist fantasy and I was aware that the fantasy image thereof was probably not remotely accurate, though I wasn't clear on exactly what the reality was.

Interesting stuff!