The Chapter of Bilqis, Queen of Sheba

Barbara Freyer Stowasser

in Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111484
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853397 | DOI:
The Chapter of Bilqis, Queen of Sheba

Show Summary Details


From among the Qur'an women characters, the queen of Sheba has remained one of the most elusive to the Muslin exegetic grasp. She engaged in political discussions with God's prophet Solomon. Then, when she had recognized Solomon's God-given powers, she joined His cause and “submitted with Solomon to God, the Lord of the worlds.” The queen's story was clearly vague as the notion of female political sovereignty is outside of the accepted standard of women's social status. Therefore, the image of the queen of Sheba in Islam has been more productive in fancy storytelling than scholarly tafsir.

Keywords: Queen of Sheba; Solomon; sovereignty; political discussions; fancy storytelling

Chapter.  2589 words. 

Subjects: Islam

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.