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When Sun Meets MoonGender, Eros, and Ecstasy in Urdu Poetry$
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Scott Kugle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626772

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626772.001.0001

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Mah Laqa Bai’s Shame

Mah Laqa Bai’s Shame

(p.185) Chapter Nine Mah Laqa Bai’s Shame
When Sun Meets Moon

Scott Kugle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores Mah Laqa Bai’s family history, paying attention to tensions found in a woman’s role as a courtesan, concubine, or prostitute. These roles are not clearly defined, despite the protestations of those who have recorded Mah Laqa Bai’s biography. Her grandmother, mother, aunts, and half-sister shaped her life and artistic aspirations.

Keywords:   Shame, Modesty, Courtesan, Humor, Biography, Sayyid, Concubine, Marriage

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