The Forgotten Queens of Islam

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In this extraordinary and powerful book, now available in paperback, Fatima Mernissi, one of the most original and distinctive voices in the Islamic world, uncovers a hidden history of women leaders of Islamic states stretching back over fifteen centuries.
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Overview


In this extraordinary and powerful book, now available in paperback, Fatima Mernissi, one of the most original and distinctive voices in the Islamic world, uncovers a hidden history of women leaders of Islamic states stretching back over fifteen centuries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816624393
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 1,131,305
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Fatima Mernissi studied political science and sociology at Mohammed V University where she is now a researcher. Her many previous books include Beyond the Veil.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Was Benazir Bhutto the First? 1
Pt. I Queens and Courtesans
1 How Does One Say 'Queen' in Islam? 9
2 The Caliph and the Queen 26
3 The jawari or Revolution in the Harem 37
4 Khayzuran: Courtesan or Head of State? 51
Pt. II Sovereignty in Islam
5 The Criteria of Sovereignty in Islam 71
6 Fifteen Queens 88
Pt. III The Arab Queens
7 The Shiite Dynasty of Yemen 115
8 The Little Queens of Sheba 139
9 The Lady of Cairo 159
Conclusion: The Medina Democracy 179
Notes 190
Index 220
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    Beautifully written, quite insightful

    The subject of female caliphs is one rarely discussed by Muslims who are often divided between those who would continue to justify the oppression of women, and those who would seek to liberate women by imitating Western standards. This book shows that neither is needed, that liberation for women lies well within Islamic tradition.

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