Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641-1699

Publisher: NUS Press


From a corroboration of contemporary indigenous texts and European Companies’ sources, especially the VOC’s, this book provides new evidence and a fresh perspective on the women who ruled in succession in Aceh for half a decade of the seventeenth century. Where women rulers are usually seen as unnatural calamities, a violation of nature comparable to having hens instead of roosters crowing at dawn, or even forbidden justified in the name of religion, this book demonstrates how their rule was legitimised by both Islam and adat (indigenous customary laws). It provides original insights on women style of leadership, their unique relations with their male elite and foreign European envoys who visited their court and interrogates received views on kingship in the Malay world and how an indigenous polity responded to European Companies in the age of early east-west encounters during Southeast Asia’s Age of Commerce.

About the Author

Sher Banu A.L. Khan is assistant professor at the Malay Studies Department, National University of Singapore

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SKU: 9789814722209, 9814722200 Category:

Language : English
Published : 2017-06-30
Pages : 336