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 Shajar al-Durr

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Shajar al-Durr

Birth
Death Apr 1257 (aged 36–37)
Cairo, El Qahira, Egypt
Burial Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: DETAILS KNOWN: She is buried in a Tomb nearby the Mosque of Tulun in Cairo, Egypt
Memorial ID 195049186 View Source
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Female Sultan and 1st Woman in Islamic Egyptian History to become a Monarch (2nd Muslim woman overall).
She was born a slave and her name translates to String of Pearls (but this was not her birth name, which has been lost to history). Shajar was bought by the son of the Sultan of Egypt who soon rose to become Sultan himself and he married her after they had a child together, her husband soon died right as the 7th Crusade was really kicking off. In order to keep up morale Shajar told everyone her husband just wasn’t feeling well but in actuality she and his chief commandeer led the country to victory and captured the King of France ransoming him back to his own country (for 30% of total annual revenue of the entire country of France no less). Then her stepson become Sultan, however her stepson wasn’t all that bright (he was a teenager after all) and after thoroughly angering all the courtiers the slave-soldiers rose up and killed him leaving Shajar in charge instead. She legitimized her rule by having coins minted and having prayers led in her name. After only eighty days of ruling in her own right, she was forced to step down because the Muslim Caliphate refused to accept a female ruler and the majority of her subjects didn't agree with having a female ruler either. She ended up marrying the new Sultan but things didn’t go well and she and some servants ended up murdering the guy while he was in the bath. She tried to regain her power after this but her now dead husband's first wife seized control instead, turning the servants against Shajar. She ended up being found beaten to death by said servants, ending her tumultuous and colorful life.


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  • Created by: Zoë The Exasperated Historian
  • Added: 29 Nov 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 195049186
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/195049186/shajar-al-durr : accessed ), memorial page for Shajar al-Durr (1220–Apr 1257), Find a Grave Memorial ID 195049186, ; Maintained by Zoë The Exasperated Historian (contributor 49436064) Burial Details Unknown, who reports a DETAILS KNOWN: She is buried in a Tomb nearby the Mosque of Tulun in Cairo, Egypt.