chapter  11
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Even the norms and canons of the beautiful change from one place and time to another. The ideal woman, for instance, might be variously corpulent, plump, slim or obese. Sometimes large breasts were preferred, sometimes firm round ones. Pink flesh, chubby and curved (samīna, malḥūma), a wasp-like waist or bamboo-like figure (ghusn al bān, quḍīb khaizurān . . .) were fashionable in turn.