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Political Leadership of Women in the Classical Period of Islam
Zilka Spahic Siljak
The course examines the political leadership of Muslim women from the 11th-17th century. Fifteen Muslim queens, who ruled from Spain to the Maldive Islands, serve as case studies for an analysis of leadership and authority in light of religious teachings and interpretations of the classical period. Students will learn how these women came to power, the significance of their titles (malika, sultana, siit, khatun, etc.), and what strategies they employed to stay in power, as well as how they ruled in the social and political contexts of their reign.
Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Course location to be announced.
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