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Typically, white and black slavery were split from each other: the harshness of the institution is assumed to be the lot of the African slave while white slavery is treated as a vehicle for the advancement of white men and women. This discursive strategy, which pitted white and black slaves against each other, undermined our understanding of the harsh and brutal effects of bondage experienced by the two groups. While white and black or African slaves were part of a very complex hierarchy of prices offered for them as commodities subject to supply and demand, this did not necessarily reflect a difference in treatment since members of both groups were treated as properties by their masters.

The death of these patriarchs gave her new freedoms taking her away from home and increasing her disengagement from its affairs. LUKLYHUK5H[PVU)\PSKPUN studies and her new public ventures at the royal court, Taymur became dissociated from feminine gender roles, which primarily stressed women’s private availability to the needs of others in the family. The shedding of the feminine roles reinforced her social identification with masculinity, identified with the satisfaction of one’s individual needs unencumbered by the needs of others as reflected in her single-minded pursuit of literary learning and the embrace of public roles.

The death of these patriarchs gave her new freedoms taking her away from home and increasing her disengagement from its affairs. LUKLYHUK5H[PVU)\PSKPUN studies and her new public ventures at the royal court, Taymur became dissociated from feminine gender roles, which primarily stressed women’s private availability to the needs of others in the family. The shedding of the feminine roles reinforced her social identification with masculinity, identified with the satisfaction of one’s individual needs unencumbered by the needs of others as reflected in her single-minded pursuit of literary learning and the embrace of public roles.

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