A patron of men: Sitt al-Mulk and the military at the Fatimid court

Cortese, Delia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5507-9332 (2019) A patron of men: Sitt al-Mulk and the military at the Fatimid court. Textes Arabes et Etudes Islamiques, 54 . pp. 217-234. ISSN 0257-4136

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Abstract

In this paper I will contextually analyse the multiple levels of engagement that are reported to have occurred between the princess Sitt al-Mulk and the military with a view to raise questions regarding the nature of authority that might have enabled Sitt al-Mulk to establish herself as a credible female leader in a men’s world, ‘a patron of men’. In attempting to answer these questions I will examine Sitt al-Mulk’s influence over members of the military apparatus in light of the reciprocal adherence to formal and informal rules of loyalty and obligation that prevailed in pre-modern Islamic courts, determined by the need to shape dynastic politics to mutual advantage.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Mathieu Eychenne (éd.), Stéphane Pradines (éd.), Abbès Zouache (éd.). Guerre et paix dans le Proche-Orient médiéval (Xe-XVe siècle)
Research Areas: A. > Perspectives in Religion group
Item ID: 24209
Notes on copyright: This is an author accepted manuscript version of an article published in Textes Arabes et Etudes Islamiques, it is included in this repository with permission of the publisher, Institute d'Archeologie Orientale. The final published version is available at https://www.ifao.egnet.net/publications/catalogue/9782724706437/
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Depositing User: Delia Cortese
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 08:29
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2020 14:33
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24209

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