HDS 3021

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


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Tues 12pm-2pm
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None