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Abstract

Medieval Islamic jurists strictly regulated the comings and goings of women in the street, as well as their code of dress. But the historical sources show that the baths, markets, cementaries, and tombs of the saints were actively visited by women, who were equally present in the great popular assemblies originating in religious or secular festivities. Therefore, women's behaviour in the great cities of the Mamluk empire totally differed from the ideal put forth by the jurists.

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
In: The Aghlabids and their Neighbors
In: Mamluk Cairo, a Crossroads for Embassies