How a concubine became the ruler of Egypt - Abdallah Ewis

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Video

Ibolya Horvath
by TED-Ed
published on 04 July 2022

Get to know the story of Shajar Al-Durr, who was born enslaved and rose to become the ruler of Egypt.



The year is 1249 CE. King Louis IX is sailing the Nile, threatening to overthrow the sultan and capture Egypt. Egypt’s commanders ask the sultan’s wife, Shajar Al-Durr, to report this news to the injured sultan. But they don’t know the truth: the sultan is dead, and she is secretly ruling in his stead. Who was this impressive woman? Abdallah Ewis details the reign of the Sultana of Egypt.

Lesson by Abdallah Ewis, directed by Elahe Baloochi.

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TED-Ed, . (2022, July 04). How a concubine became the ruler of Egypt - Abdallah Ewis. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2801/how-a-concubine-became-the-ruler-of-egypt---abdall/

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