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Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt

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by Jurji Zaydan
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Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt by Jurji Zaydan

Shajar al-Durr, known as Tree of Pearls, was one of the most famous Arab queens and the only woman in the medieval Arab world to rule in her own name. Her story is one element of a much larger story of the unsettled political climate of thirteenth century Egypt. In this eponymous novel, Zaydan charts the fall of the Ayyubid Dynasty and the rise of the Mamluke Dynasty through the adventures of Tree of Pearls and Rukn al-Din Baybars, a young Mamluke commander who eventually triumphs as the ruler of Egypt. War, political intrigue, murder, and a female ruler who was born a slave combine to give readers an irresistible story, while Zaydan's keen observations on royal politics and subverted gender roles offer readers a richly detailed glimpse of the cultural milieu of the time. Tree of Pearls, originally published in 1914, is the last of a famous series of historical novels written by Zaydan, an accomplished histo­rian whose books continue to be read widely in the Arab world today. Samah Selim's fluid translation brings an English audience to one of the Arab world's influential writers

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Size: 1.8 MB
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Date published:   2012
ISBN: 9780815651932 (DRM-PDF)

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