‘I am, by God, fit for high positions’ On the political role of women in al-Andalus

@article{MourtadaSabbah2003IAB,
  title={‘I am, by God, fit for high positions’ On the political role of women in al-Andalus},
  author={Nada Mourtada-Sabbah and Adrian Gully},
  journal={British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies},
  year={2003},
  volume={30},
  pages={183 - 209}
}
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