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«Bibi Fatima and the Sons of the King» A Novel Based on 35 References

When history is written by Sultan

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, continues his literary project based on history both in drama, novel or biography, relying on the document and searching for it no matter how much effort, time and money he would exert in order to write the truth away from confusion and suspicion and doubtfulness. In every writings of His Highness, we always go back to his vision on reading history when he always confirms that in such reading we have to benefit from what we read. In other words, we should benefit from the recorded documents and references. The narratives, biographies, plays or researches of His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah, must be linked to the historical facts that are being employed in writing.

His Highness said that searching for these facts led him to visit the cultural centers and global libraries and read the manuscripts in which the historians documented their observations. His Highness said at the Frankfurt Book Fair did not rely on the surface level "because the facts that are easy to obtain, may be fragile and may not satisfy the passion of researchers for the facts and the committed authors." Here, we are well aware of the need for His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah, to have reference to more than 35 historical references that will benefit him in the writing of his new novel «Bibi Fatima and the Sons of the King». As stated in High Highness introduction to the novel: "(...) the novel narrates the story of an ambitious woman, clinging to the rule of the kings of vanished Hormuz under the Portuguese Occupation of the Kingdom of Hormuz."

This novel, which published in 123 pages of the medium-sized pieces of the world-renowned genre "Novella", is classified, in volume, as a long story and a short novel. However, the novel needed 35 historical references to be finalized. In this case, we read a history in the form of a novel distinguished by deceptively simple, clear language and a temporal and spatial sequence of the characters on which the novel is based. These characters were kings, princes, military commanders and executive rulers who practiced their authorities from behind the continents, then, their enforceable orders came to the City of Hormuz in 1588.