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By Fatima Mernissi
While Benazir Bhutto turned best Minister of Pakistan in 1988, there have been a few who claimed that it was once a blasphemous attack on Islamic culture, on account that no Muslim kingdom, they alleged, had ever been ruled by means of a girl. during this striking new booklet, Fatima Mernissi exhibits that these proclaimed defenders of Islamic culture weren't purely faulty yet mistaken. She appears to be like again via fifteen centuries of Islam and uncovers a hidden background of girls who've held the reins of energy, yet whose lives and tales, acheivements and screw ups, have mostly been forgotten. Who have been the Queens of Islam? How did they accede to the throne and the way did their rule come to an finish? What varieties of states did they govern and the way did they workout their energy? Pursuing those and different questions, Mernissi recounts the tales of fifteen queens, together with Sultana Radiyya who reigned in Delhi from 1250 till her violent loss of life on the hand of a peasant; the Island Queens who governed within the Maldives and Indonesia; and the Arab Queens of Egypt and of the Shi'ite Dynasty of Yemen. It used to be the Yemenis who bestowed upon queens a name that used to be theirs by myself - balgis al-sughra , or `Young Queen of Sheeba'. Mernissi concludes this soaking up ancient inquiry via reflecting on its implications for the ways that politics is practised within the Islamic global this present day, an international during which girls, whereas usually extra trained than their predecessors, are mostly excluded from the political area. This robust and interesting booklet, by means of essentially the most unique and particular voices within the Islamic global, can be of serious curiosity to an individual curious about Islamic society and politics.
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The forgotten queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi