Concubines were women who cohabited with Emperors throughout the dynasties, but were never officially married and were subordinate to wives. An Emperor could have as many or as few concubines as he wished, with the main purpose of bearing him lots of children. During the earlier dynasties, concubines were frequently chosen from poor families and so often parents obliged, assuming that their daughters were embarking on a better life inside the palace. However, during the Qing dynasty, Emperors looked for concubines from wealthier, nobler families. The ideal concubine was expected to be virtuous, docile and listen to her Emperor.
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Young Muslim women are often forced to lead double lives in Europe. In the worst cases, they undergo hymen reconstruction surgery, have late-term abortions or even commit suicide. She is self-confident and looks people in the eye. At first glance, she comes across as a poster child for successful integration. Nevertheless, she is adamantly opposed to seeing her name in print, just as she would never meet a journalist for an interview in one of the hookah bars in her neighborhood that are so popular among Arab and Turkish immigrants.
Right as they get up, before the morning bath, or after the main meal is cooked, the grill still warm. The mothers heat up the utensils - a wooden spoon, a stone. Hot objects serve better the purpose, but cold tools will do too.