Shawikar Qadin

Woman of Power and Influence in Ottoman Cairo
  • Mary Ann Fay


In 1739, Sulayman Jawish, sirdar or commander of the troops guarding the pilgrimage caravan to Mecca, died suddenly as the caravan reached al-Birka.2 With him when he died was Sulayman Agha, a close associate of the late ‘Uthman Kath-huda, who had been the master of the deceased sirdar. Immediately upon the death of the sirdar, Sulayman Agha designated ‘Abd al-Rahman Jawish the rightful heir, turning over to him the keys, trunks, boxes, and pavilion that were part of the trappings of office. Abd al-Rahman Jawish also inherited the sirdars tax-farming villages and took into his household Sulayman Jawish’s widow, Shawikar Qadin.


Eighteenth Century Commercial Real Estate Legal Exchange Female Elite Slave Origin 
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