Beshir Agha: Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem
An exploration of the legacy of El-Hajj Beshir, Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem in the early 18th century, and a highly influential proponent of the Hanafi legal rite.
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Abbasid Abyssinian African eunuchs Ahmed III Ahmed III’s Anatolia Arabic Beshir Agha Book of Festivals Byzantine Cairo caliph castrated Caucasus chief eunuch chief harem eunuch chief tomb eunuch Damascus devshirme early Edirne Egyptian eighteenth century elHajj Beshir elite slaves empire’s eunuch guard eunuchs who guarded European exiled to Cairo Eyüp Faqari faction fountain governor of Egypt grand vizier Gülnush Emetullah Habsburgs Hanafi Hanafi legal rite harem treasurer Hekimoğlu Imam imperial harem imperial palace influence Ismail Bey Istanbul Jalfi Janissary legal rite Mahmud Mamluk sultanate Mecca and Medina Medina Mehmed Moralı Beshir Agha Muslim Mustafa Mustafa II Nevshehirli Ibrahim Pasha noted in chapter Ottoman Empire palace eunuchs patron Patrona Halil pilgrimage caravan pious endowments pious foundations Prophet Muhammad Prophet’s tomb Qasimi Qatamish Qazdağlı household Qur’an regiment religious sabilkuttab Shafi‘i Shi‘ite sixteenth century sufi Süleyman theological college tomb in Medina Topkapı Palace Tulip Era Turkish wakil Yemen Zaydi