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Princess Durrushevar, daughter of Abdulmecid II, the last Ottoman emperor, c. 1940. © John Fasal Collection/ Photography by Prudence Cuming Associates

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The Definitive Ranking Of The 11 Most Badass Queens In History

Queen Zenobia ruled the Palmyrene Empire in Roman Syria during the third century. When her husband (King Septimius Odaenathus) died, Zenobia took over. She fought the Romans, conquered Egypt and expanded her empire before eventually being defeated.

Military leaders had a dominant role in the Ottoman state, a polity geared to war and expansion. The Turkic horsemen became a warrior aristocracy supported by control of conquered land and peasants.

Dervishes in Egypt. The Mevlevi are a Sufi order founded in 1273 by the followers of Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi after his death. The centre of the order was at Konya in present day Turkey, where Rumi is buried. They are commonly known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of Allah). During the Ottoman period, the Mevlevi spread into in the Balkans, Syria and Egypt.

Abdulmecid II (29 May 1868 – 23 August 1944) was the last Caliph of Islam from the Ottoman Dynasty, nominally the 37th Head of the Ottoman Imperial House from 1922 to 1924. His name has various alternate spellings, including Abdul Mejid, Aakhir Khalifatul Muslimeen Sultan Abd-ul-Mejid and Abdul Medjit.

Princess Durri-Chechvar Sultane Princess and daughter of Caliph Abdulmecid II (born May 30, 1868, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Tur.]—died Aug. 23, 1944, Paris, Fr.), was the last caliph and crown prince of the Ottoman dynasty of Turkey.

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Prince Felix Yusupov, one of the wealthiest men in Russia before the Russian Revolution (some historians say he was even wealthier than the Russian royal family, the Romanovs), and one of the murderers of Siberian mystic Grigori Rasputin. He wrote an autobiography of his life, called Lost Splendor, where he recalls, among other interesting aspects of his life, what REALLY went down at his St. Petersburg palace on December 29, 1916; the night Rasputin was murdered.

Princess Fatma Neslişah Sultan, Princess Imperial of the Ottoman Empire and Princess of Egypt, (or Nazlishah in Arabic) Osmanoğlu Sultan (4 February 1921, in Istanbul, Nişantaşı, Nişantaşı Palace – 2 April 2012),

Samurai executioner, beheading was the most common form of capital punishment in Japan. The criminal kneeled on a mat placed in front of a rectangular pit about 2 or 3 feet deep. He was usually blindfolded and stretched his head over the pit, the executioner whisked off the wretched man’s head at one blow. He was a well known practitioner with a very tolerable income. He received some 7 ichiboos (about $2.30) per head, and had taken off as many as 350 heads in a 12 months.

Sultan Abdul majeed (29 May 1868 – 23 August 1944), last Sunni Caliph of Islam from the Ottoman Dynasty, nominally the 37th Head of the Ottoman Imperial House from 1922 to 1924. Shown with Princess Durru Shehvar and the other princesses.