Having skirted the issue of Shajara's political influence in this manner, Humphreys did not have to mention the caliph's order for the sultana 's abdication.
This account has depicted the sultana 's tenacity and political savvy in holding the Ayyubid kingdom together.
Over the last seven years of her political career, the former sultana maintained effective de facto control until the end.
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The former sultana , for her part, still held de facto power behind the scenes at this point.
Three days later, the former sultana met her fate.
The sultana 's power came from the Bahri Mamluks, whom Aybek took great pains to disband between 1251 and l254.
When al-Musta'sim, the Abbasid caliph, opposed her reign, the sultana abdicated and married Aybek.
From this point onward, the future sultana steadily gained influence in the sultan's eyes.
Rumour has it that Boabdil's sultana kept assignations here with her lover Hamet, and screened by tamarisks, overpowered by the scent of orange blossom, who could possibly blame them?