Set in an alternate universe where the gender roles are reversed: in medieval Baghdad the women rule and have multiple husbands.
A novel about murder, science, religion, gender, genocide, autocracy, history, mutilation, warfare, calligraphy, storytelling, fanaticism, scheming, djinns, amputation, magic squares, sociology and spiced tea.
What made Baghdad's Golden Age golden? It was not the advances in sciences, military, engineering, mathematics, farming, food technology, hygiene or any such thing. These were great, but they were only practical things. The practical is not enough. For example, the Trans-Siberian was an astounding practical achievement but it only led to the Gulags. It is when we create what seems “useless” from a greedy perspective that we are a civilisation, because then we've abandoned the pure struggle...