Fabulously Gay Dark Age Muslims

history of Islam podcast about the history of homosexuality

Join Mistress Magdalena la Sanguini, Tawwad ibn Jabreel, and I in this salon. You’ll surely laugh, and maybe cry. ♥

I know, I know, Tawwad actually uses the phrase ‘viciously gay’ in the salon, but I couldn’t resist calling the episode fabulously gay.

In this episode we discuss parties at Pennsic, the amazing Clan Blue Feather, which provides a safe space in the SCA (and life) to be LGBTQIA+, along with the differences and overlap between members of the Knowne World Courtesans who are Patrons or protectors, which we call Tullians or Cavaliers.

Then we get into some of the societal conditions that lead to the “courtesan phenomenon” before delving into an exploration of homosexuality in dark ages Spain when it was ruled by Muslims. We learned some surprising things about the history of homosexuality in Islam, and hear some beautiful words on the nature and meaning of love.

Show Notes

Learn more about Clan Blue Feather, an amazing educational group within the SCA.

Lord Gideon ap Stephen the Bard. Original work by this wonderful performer!

And host of the Knowne World Bardcast the best place to hear original performances from our modern middle ages.

Thonoit Arbeau’s Orchesography: 16th c French dances translated into English, modern French, and German. The music for the dances is available to download or purchase, or you can stream it from Spotify. I post dance instructions, example videos, and practice playlists on my site if you’re interested in delving deeper. <3

We call our protectors Tullians in honor of the Tullian Society, formed in the 1530s to protect the honor of courtesan Tullia d’Aragona. Tullia will be featured on a future segment of Whores of History. Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it! 😉



The Ring of the Dove, a 10th century treatise on love written in Muslim al-Andalusia, Spain in the “dark ages”. Tawwad discussed the book during the salon and how it recognizes all love between consenting humans as the same. Equally valid in God’s eyes, but not in the law’s. Buy a paperback copy of this historical manuscript to support the Knowne World Courtesans. <3

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Episode Credits

Sound Engineering: Evan Meier

  • Introduction: The King of Denmark’s Galliard, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Performed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Sounds provided by ZapSplat and AmbientMixer.
  • Courtesan Theatre: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV. 537 (Rondeau arr.) – I. Allegro, written by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by Michel Rondeau. Provided by MusOpen. Original performance by Lord Gideon ap Stephen.
  • Getting Ahead from Bed with Baroness Fortune St Keyne: Sounds provided by ZapSplat. Semper Dowland semper dolens, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Performed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen.

Podcast ambience sounds made by Zapsplat.

Edited with Audacity.

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