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By Lilith Mahmud

From its lines in cryptic photos at the buck invoice to Dan Brown’s The misplaced Symbol, Freemasonry has lengthy been essentially the most romanticized mystery societies on the planet. yet an easy truth escapes so much depictions of this elite brotherhood: There are girls Freemasons, too. during this groundbreaking ethnography, Lilith Mahmud takes readers within Masonic hotels in modern Italy, the place she observes the numerous ritualistic and fraternal bonds solid between girls initiates of this elite and esoteric society.

Offering a tantalizing glance at the back of inn doorways, The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters unveils a fancy tradition of discretion during which Freemasons concurrently show a few truths and conceal others. Women—one of Freemasonry’s best-kept secrets—are frequently top category and hugely knowledgeable yet sarcastically antifeminist, and their self-cultivation in the course of the Masonic course is an attempt to include the deeply gendered beliefs of fraternity. Mahmud unravels this contradiction on the center of Freemasonry: the way it was once right away answerable for the various egalitarian strategies of the Enlightenment and but has continually been, and in Italy nonetheless is still, super exclusive.  the result's not just an exciting examine an unfamiliar—and unusually influential—world, yet a reevaluation altogether of the trendy values and beliefs that we now take for granted.

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