This question should be addressed to a specialist in medieval Arabic. Although I read several European languages I cannot read Arabic, which means that in answering this question I can refer only to texts in translation. The texts that I have read do not have any references to Muslim women fighting in the crusades. The Muslim Syrian nobleman Usama ibn Munqidh, in his autobiography written in the late twelfth century (there are translations by Philip Hitti, repr. 2000, and by Paul M. Cobb, 2008), described in one chapter how when his family home was under attack from the Franks, i.e. western Europeans, his mother barricaded his sister into her room and stood guard on the door to repel all invaders, but that is not quite the same as fighting in the field! Again, Sultana Shajar al-Durr ruled Egypt at the time of King Louis IX of France’s first crusade in Egypt (1249-1250) but she did not fight in the field herself.

In Muslim legend, women could fight in the field. For example, in the medieval Persian Alexander romance a faithful wife dresses as a man to save her husband's land, and a young woman who customarily dresses as a warrior and is a better knight than any man; Shah Malik’s daughter dresses as a horseman and defeats Turan Malik and her cousin, both outstanding Turkish warriors, on behalf of her husband King Alexander; Queen Araqit of the fairies, Alexander's wife, fights in disguise as a man against Alexander, and the evil wife of the cupbearer disguises herself as a horseman: see Iskandarnamah, a Persian medieval Alexander Romance, trans. Minoo S. Southgate (New York, 1978). But again, that is not really what you want to know.

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