Asma (c. 1028–1084)

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Asmā (c. 1028–1084)

Yemeni queen. Name variations: Asma. Born c. 1028 in Yemen; died c. 1084; m. Alī al-Sulaihī (founder of Sulaihīd Dynasty who established power of Fatimid caliphs); children: Al-Mukarram.

Highly cultured queen, was famed as patron of poetry and music; following husband's murder (1080), was imprisoned for 2 years until rescued by son; ruled until her death.