from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Screened by a purdah or curtain: said of a Moslem woman of rank.
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During this delay, the hour is passed in lively dialogues with the several purdahed dames, who have all the advantage of seeing though themselves unseen; the singers occasionally lauding his praise in extempore strains, after describing the loveliness of his bride, (whom they know nothing about), and foretelling the happiness which awaits him in his marriage, but which, in the lottery, may perhaps prove a blank.
Whilst in this state of mental torture it happened (as they thought very fortunately) that a snake-catcher's shrill pipe was heard at no great distance, to whom a servant was sent; and when the ladies had shut themselves up securely in their purdahed apartment, the men servants were desired to introduce the samp-wallahs into the compound, to search for and secure this enemy to their repose.
The ladies assemble, in the evening, round the Tazia they have set up in their purdahed privacy -- female friends, slaves, and servants, surrounding the mistress of the house, in solemn gravity.
For all I know, that could be an implementation error, that “real” Islam doesn’t condone blowing up mosques and schools, burning alive disobedient wives and under-purdahed school girls, decapitating apostates, flying airliners into buildings, and on and on.
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