The Effeminates of Early Medina

  title={The Effeminates of Early Medina},
  author={Ẻverett Keith Rowson},
  journal={Journal of the American Oriental Society},
  • Ẻ. Rowson
  • Published 1 October 1991
  • Sociology
  • Journal of the American Oriental Society
There is considerable evidence for the existence of a form of publicly recognized and institutionalized effeminacy or transvestism among males in pre-Islamic and early Islamic Arabian society. Unlike other men, these effeminates or mukhannarhiin were permitted to associate freely with women, on the assumption that they had no sexual interest in them, and o ften acted as marriage brokers, or, less legitimately, as go-betweens. They also played an important role in the development of Arabic music… 
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