Qutulun: the warrior princess of Mongol central Asia

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From the Greek Amazons to China’s Hua Mulan and its Disney adaptation, women warriors have caught the imagination of people across time, space and cultures.¹ In the Mongol context, the prowess of the Mongol women, who not only played a pivotal role in the politics and economy of the empire, far greater than that of their sedentary counterparts, but would also ride horses, hunt, and occasionally even fight, greatly impressed their sedentary subjects and neighbors.²The most renowned Mongol female warrior, perhaps the only one who truly deserved the title of Mongol general, is Qutulun (d. ca. 1307). A great-great
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlong the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia
Subtitle of host publicationgenerals, merchants, intellectuals
EditorsMichal Biran, Jonathan Brack, Francesca Fiaschetti
Place of PublicationOakland, California
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780520970786, 0520970780
ISBN (Print)9780520298743, 0520298748, 9780520298750, 0520298756
StatePublished - 2020


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