Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Ta’dib al-nisvan [Disciplining women]

Ta’dib al-nisvan [Disciplining women]

Ta’dib al-nisvan [Disciplining Women], also known as Ta’dib al-nisaʼ, is a male-centered, often misogynous text written in the tradition of satirical books of advice to men about how to treat their wives and train their daughters. According to Ruhangiz Karachi, the author of this text is most probably Khanlar Mirza Ihtisham al-Dawlah (d. 1861, a son of Fath ‘Ali Shah). See “Who is the original author of Ta’dib al-nisvan?”, Tarikh-i adabiyat, 65, 3 (summer 2010): 199-208. This version is written in the hand of Asiyah, daughter of Sayyid Husayn Husayni on 2 Shaʻban 1313 [18 January 1896], and bears the stamp of the library of ʻIffat al-Saltanah, wife of Nasir al-Din Shah.

Item Details

  • Date 18 January 1896
  • Notes

    There are several versions of this manuscript. This version comes from the the Malek National Library and Museum Institution (Tehran, Iran) (MS. 585).Two versions exist in Majlis Library, Museum and Document Center (Tehran, Iran), one as Taʼdib al-nisvan (MS. 2807) and the other as Taʼdib al-nisa’.

  • Dimensions 13.9 x 21.2 cm
  • Collections Malek National Library and Museum Institute
  • Repository Malek National Library and Museum Institute, Tehran, Iran (Manuscript number 585)
  • Restrictions Use of documents, for research and teaching purposes, must specify the original location; for any commercial use, the user must obtain permission directly from the Malek Library, through info@malekmuseum.com
  • Accessed 20 August 2012
  • Last Edited 3 October 2012
  • Record no. 904A3
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