Author:Bal Krishan Shivram

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Kinship Structures and Foster Relations in Islamic Society: Milk Kinship Allegiance in the Mughal World

By: Bal Krishan Shivram

Price: $20.25

Publisher: Shimla, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: 2014

Seller ID: 901328

ISBN: 9789382396109


This work is a fascinating and innovative study which provides a detailed analysis of milk kinship; historically a medium for establishing complex social and political networks. Based on the use of primary source material, the study notes that Islamic tradition is unique in the attention it devotes to the creation of milk kinship through wet nursing. A child nursed by a woman becomes not only a blood relation to the nursing woman, but also a milk sibling to others who shared her breast. This relationship also prevents future marriage to a complicated array of 'relatives'. The study suggests th... View more info