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Tree of pearls, queen of Egypt

Author: Jirjī Zaydān; Samah Selim
Publisher: Syracuse : Syracuse University Press, ©2012.
Series: Middle East literature in translation.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 narrative 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Translations into English
Named Person: Shajarat al-Durr, Sultana of Egypt; Jirjī Zaydān
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jirjī Zaydān; Samah Selim
ISBN: 9780815609995 081560999X
OCLC Number: 795164621
Description: xi, 224 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Middle East literature in translation.
Other Titles: Shajarat al-Durr.
Responsibility: Jurji Zaydan ; translated from the Arabic by Samah Selim ; with an afterword by Roger Allen.

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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 narrative 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 for 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 in a famous series of historical novels written by Zaydan, an accomplished historian whose books continue to be read widely in the Arab world today. Selim s fluid translation introduces an English audience to one of the Arab world s influential writers.

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