Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463413000040
Title: Men of prowess and women of piety: A case study of Aceh Dar al-Salam in the seventeenth century
Authors: Khan, S.B.A.L. 
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Source: Khan, S.B.A.L. (2013-06). Men of prowess and women of piety: A case study of Aceh Dar al-Salam in the seventeenth century. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 44 (2) : 204-225. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463413000040
Abstract: Studies on leadership in Southeast Asia's early modern era have tended to centre necessarily on men, and in particular, on O.W. Wolters' concept of 'men of prowess'. The concept of female leadership is still little researched. This case study of Sultanah Safiatuddin Syah of Aceh (1641-75) provides some insights into female leadership in the Malay-Muslim island world of Southeast Asia. Contrary to the received view that successful leadership tended to be male (men of prowess), this article demonstrates that female leadership and the justification for the position of the ruler relied less on notions of sacral and charismatic power based on male prowess, but instead shifted to Muslim notions of piety and the just ruler. © 2013 The National University of Singapore.
Source Title: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52199
ISSN: 00224634
DOI: 10.1017/S0022463413000040
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