Zenocrate and Zabina in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine

Franchelle Stewart Dorn as Zabina, Empress of Turkey, via scene4.com

The two parts of Christopher Marlowe's play Tamburlaine, loosely based on the life of  the Central Asian emperor Timur the Lame, tell the story of the Scythian shepherd who becomes a conqueror of kings. Although this play was written in the 1588,  it gives us an insight into representations of Muslim women at the time of writing, and has some relevance for today, as is evidenced by the proliferation of studies of early modern "Turk" and "Moor" plays. As one review of DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Com … [Read more...]


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