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The blessings and perils of female rule : new perspectives on the reigning queens of Patani, c. 1584–1718

Eklöf Amirell, Stefan LU (2011) In Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 42(2). p.303-323
Abstract
Only in a handful of cases in world history has female rule been seen by contemporary observers as desirable and been sustained for long periods of time. Drawing on European, Malay and Chinese sources, this article investigates the reasons for the institutionalisation of female rule in the Malay sultanate of Patani (presently in southern Thailand) for most of the period between c. 1584 and 1711. It is concluded that the results of previous research, in which the Patani queens are characterised as powerless front figures and/or promiscuous, have insufficient support in the contemporary sources. Furthermore, the problems of female rule for dynastic stability are discussed comparatively. Finally, the decline of female rule in Patani after the... (More)
Only in a handful of cases in world history has female rule been seen by contemporary observers as desirable and been sustained for long periods of time. Drawing on European, Malay and Chinese sources, this article investigates the reasons for the institutionalisation of female rule in the Malay sultanate of Patani (presently in southern Thailand) for most of the period between c. 1584 and 1711. It is concluded that the results of previous research, in which the Patani queens are characterised as powerless front figures and/or promiscuous, have insufficient support in the contemporary sources. Furthermore, the problems of female rule for dynastic stability are discussed comparatively. Finally, the decline of female rule in Patani after the mid-seventeenth century is explained with reference to the larger political, economic and military changes in maritime Southeast Asia at the time. (Less)
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Cambridge University Press
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0022-4634
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10.1017/S0022463411000063
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  author       = {Eklöf Amirell, Stefan},
  issn         = {0022-4634},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {303--323},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  title        = {The blessings and perils of female rule : new perspectives on the reigning queens of Patani, c. 1584–1718},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022463411000063},
  volume       = {42},
  year         = {2011},
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