May 13, 2017

History of the Eunuchs of the Subcontinent

Eunuchs have a history that spans back thousands of years. It is well known that eunuchs played an important role during the Mughal era in the Indian Subcontinent. They had access to royal palaces where they were employed as guards to the harems, administrators, teachers, treasurers, and loyal servants. One eunuch of great importance, mentioned in "The Imperial Treasuries," the A'in-i Akbari, 1590, was called I'timad Khan, a title bestowed on him for his trustworthiness. His real name was Phul Malik. He was a commander of one thousand. I'timad Khan took part in the conquest of Bengal, and in 1576, he was appointed governor of Bhakkar. (Jaffrey, p. 37)
May 11, 2017

Eunuchs Have Inheritance Rights Under Islamic Law

There seems to be some confusion in society regarding the inheritance rights of eunuchs. It is important to note here that there is no dispute about the rights of inheritance of the transvestites (zenanas) or the transgenders (nirbans; castrated men) as they are males who have been castrated or dress up and behave like women. They are entitled to a male person's share in their inheritance. The persons whose inheritance rights are disputed are eunuchs (khusras or hermaphrodites) because it is difficult to ascertain whether they should get the share of a male or a female under Islamic Law.