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Among the Eunuchs

Among the Eunuchs

From an early age, Leyla Jagiella knew that her life would be defined by two things: being Muslim and being trans. Struggling to negotiate these identities in her conservative, small German hometown, she travelled to India and Pakistan, where her life was changed by her time among third gender communities. Known today as hijras in India and khwajasaras in Pakistan, these predominantly Muslim communities once held important political, social and spiritual positions. They were respected as agents of the supernatural, with powers to bless or curse, and often worked as eunuchs in the harems and palaces of the Muslim aristocracy. 'Among the Eunuchs' reveals a vast variety of interpretations of religion, gender and sexuality,illuminating how deeply culture informs our lifestyles and experiences.

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