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Servants at the Gate: Eunuchs at the Court of al-Muqtadir

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This paper investigates the eunuch's institution in the court of the Abbasid caliph al-Muqtadir and seeks, first, to delineate the variety of functions that the eunuchs held in the early fourth/tenth century Abbasid court both in the harem and in ceremonial; second, it investigates the careers of the eunuchs Sāfī al-Huramī and Muflih al-Khādim al-Aswad, exploring their sources of authority and their various networks which allowed them to exercise a high degree of political influence. Le but de ce travail est d'étudier l'institution "Eunuque" au coeur de la cour Abbaside du caliphe al-Muqtadir. En premier lieu nous soulignons les fonctions multiples que les eunuques performaient dans la cour abbaside (début 4/10ème siècle) tant au sein du harem pendant le ceremonial royal. En second lieu nous explorons plus en détail les carrières des eunuques Sāfī al-Huramī et Muflih al-Khādim al-Aswad, identifiant les sources de leur pouvoir et les réseaux differents qui leur permirent d'éxercer une veritable influence politique.


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