Sperm is Cheap, Eggs are Expensive: Ismail Ibn Sharif

Ismail Ibn Sharif ist der Mann mit den meisten bestätigten Kindern, ein Rekord den mangels Harem (er war Sultan of Morocco von 1672 bis 1727), so schnell vermutlich kein Mann brechen wird.:

Moulay Ismail had four official wives, including Khnata bent Bakkar, daughter of the Grand Sheikh Bakkar of M’ghafra, who was famous for her beauty, intelligence, and learning. She was one of the few people from which Moulay Ismail took advice. Moulay Abdallah was her son. Lalla Aisha Mubarka or Zeydana also had substantial influence over Ismail and sought to get her son Moulay Zeydan enthroned for many years, before he was finally executed by his father in 1707. She was referred to as the Empress of Morocco by the Europeans, although in a Muslim court, no wife had precedence above the other and there was not empress or queen consort as there was in Europe.

Many of his concubines are only fragmentary documented. As concubines, they were slave captives, sometimes from Europe. One of them, an Irishwoman by the name Mrs. Shaw, was brought to his harem after having been enslaved and was made to convert to Islam when the Sultan wished to have intercourse with her, but was manumitted and married off to a Spanish convert when the Sultan tired of her; the Spanish convert being very poor, she was described by contemporary witnesses as reduced to beggary.[49][50] Other slave concubines became favorites and as such were allowed some influence, such as an Englishwoman called Lalla Balqis.[51]

According to the writings of the French diplomat Dominique Busnot, Moulay Ismail had at least 500 concubines and even more children. A total of 868 children (525 sons and 343 daughters) is recorded in 1703, with his seven hundredth son being born shortly after his death in 1727, by which time he had well over a thousand children.[52][53] The final total is uncertain: the Guinness Book of Records claims 1042,[32] while Elisabeth Oberzaucher and Karl Grammer of the University of Vienna put the total at 1171.[54] This is widely considered among the largest number of children of any human in history.

Also zwischen 868 und 1171 Kinder.

Man kann überlegen, ob vielleicht Ghengis Khan mehr Kinder hat, aber bei ihm ist es eben nicht dokumentiert.

Ansonsten war er wohl ein recht unsympathischer Mensch:

The main character traits of Moulay Ismail, according to the chronicles and legends of his period, were his „tendency to order and authority, as well as his iron will.“ He put his strength and power at the service of this unyielding will, „If God gave me the kingship, man cannot take it from me,“ he is reported to have said. This will was always apparent in his actions and decisions.[30] According to Dominique Busnot, the colour of his clothes was linked to his mood,

Green is the sweetest colour; white is a good sign for those appealing to him; but when he is dressed in yellow, all the world trembles and flees his presence, because it is the colour that he chooses on the days of his bloodiest executions.

— Dominique Busnot Histoire du regne de Mouley Ismael roy de Moroc, Fez, Tafilet, Soutz etc (1704) p.38.

By contemporary Europeans, Moulay Ismail was considered cruel, greedy, merciless and duplicitous. It was his cruelty and viciousness that particularly attracted their attention. Legends of the ease in which Ismail could behead or torture laborers or servants he thought to be lazy are numerous. According to a Christian slave, Moulay Ismail had more than 36,000 people killed over a 26-year period of his reign.[C1903 2][31] According to François Pidou de Saint Olon, Moulay Ismail had 20,000 assassinated people over a twenty-year period of his reign.[C1903 3] He was described by many authors, including Dominique Busnot, as a „bloodthirsty monster.„[C1903 4][32]

He was also a very good horseman, with great physical strength, agility, and extraordinary cleverness, which he maintained even in his old age.[L 17][C1903 3] „One of his normal entertainments was to draw his sword as he mounted his horse and decapitate the slave who held the stirrup.“

Noch etwas Mathematik dazu:

Some researchers claimed it was unlikely Ismaïl could have fathered that many offspring, noting that women are only fertile for a small window each month, that sperm usually do not fertilize eggs, and that infertility often afflicts women, especially in the developing world. However, other scientists argued women are more fertile than those doubting Ismaïl had said.

To solve this question, scientists developed computer simulations to see how many times Ismaïl had to have sex each day to have 1,171 children in 32 years. They found the sultan could have set this record.

„We were as conservative as possible with our calculations, and Moulay could still achieve this outcome,“ study lead author Elisabeth Oberzaucher, an anthropologist at the University of Vienna, told Live Science.

The simulations were based on a variety of models of conception. For instance, one set of simulations assumed the menstrual cycles of women do not synchronize, while another suggested they could. Other factors included how good Ismail’s sperm were at fertilizing women’s eggs as he aged and how women often may look more sexually attractive when they are most fertile during their menstrual cycles.

The simulations suggest Ismaïl needed to have sex an average of 0.83 to 1.43 times per day in order to father 1,171 children in 32 years. Moreover, the sultan did not need a harem of four wives and 500 concubines to sire that many offspring — the researchers suggest he needed a harem of only 65 to 110 women.

Although the models of conception the researchers employed ultimately all found that Ismaïl could have actually had all these children, „the results from them were all quite different from each other,“ Oberzaucher said. „This really emphasizes to us how important it is to choose the right model for studies of reproduction — you really want to know what kind of women you actually are doing your calculations with, thinking about where women are in their life cycles and the sexual habits of women.“

Also etwa täglichen Sex mit der passenden Anzahl von Frauen.