Shortly after she was born, her father was imprisoned due to his opposition to the Siad Barre government. According to Hirsi Ali, she was fortunate that her grandmother could not find a woman to do the procedure, as the mutilation was "much milder" when performed by men. There he established a comfortable upper-class life for them. By the time she reached her teens, Saudi Arabia was funding religious education in numerous countries and its religious views were becoming influential among many Muslims.
Learn how and when to remove this template message Eunuchs, slavery and imperial harems[ edit ] 19th-century depiction of the Chief Black Eunuch left , a court dwarf middle and the Chief White Eunuch right Eunuchs were probably introduced into Islam through the influence of Persian and Byzantine imperial courts. The dark eunuch was held as the embodiment of the sensual tyranny that held sway in the fantasized Ottoman palace, for he had been "clipped" or "completely sheared" to make of him the "ultimate slave" for the supreme ruler. He not only managed every aspect of the Harem women's lives but was also responsible for the education and social etiquette of the princes and young women in the Harem. He arranged for all ceremonial events within the Harem including weddings and circumcision parties, and even notified women of death sentences when "accused of crimes or implicated in intrigues of jealousy and corruption. Both Arabs and Jews owned slaves. It also housed the Valide Sultan , as well as the sultan's daughters and other female relatives.