The Forgotten Queens of Islam

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U of Minnesota Press, 1997 - Social Science - 240 pages
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When Benazir Bhutto became prime minister of Pakistan in 1988, many claimed that it was a blasphemous assault on Islamic tradition since no Muslim state, critics alleged, had ever been governed by a woman. But Fatima Mernissi examined fifteen centuries of Islamic history and discovered that the critics were wrong. Recovering the stories of fifteen Islamic queens, this remarkable exploration tells how they ascended the throne, how they governed and exercised their power, and how their forgotten reigns influence the ways in which politics is practiced in Islam today.

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User Review  - affad - Goodreads

There are a lot of thoughts I have to process on this. Its true, not what I expected like so many other comments left by others. However, its sad that so many people questioned the "sort of Islam ... Read full review

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User Review  - Samah - Goodreads

I just like this one a lot of information we forgot or we never learned in history as the name the forgotten queens Read full review


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Fatema Mernissi is a professor of sociology at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. An Islamic feminist whose books have been published in twenty-six countries, she is the bestselling author of "Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, The Veil and the Male Elite, " and "Beyond the Veil.

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