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Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini


This study of women and the Fatimids investigates an unexplored area in the field of Islamic and medieval studies. The book has unearthed a wealth of references to women, thus re-inscribing their role in the history of one of the most fascinating Islamic dynasties, the only one to be named after a woman. Some light is thrown on the erstwhile silent and shadowy figures of women under the Fatimids, which gives them a presence in the history of women in medieval and pre-modern dynasties. Basing their research on a variety of sources from historical works to chronicles, official correspondence, do ... More

Keywords: women, Fatimids, Islamic studies, medieval studies, Islamic dynasties, medieval dynasties, pre-modern dynasties, Isma'ili genealogical history, courtesans, non-Islamic courts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748617326
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Delia Cortese, author

Simonetta Calderini, author