SCIENCE AND EDUCATION


Sara Khatun - Eminent lady in national statehood history of Azerbaijan

Baku, April 5, AZERTAC

In the East of the 15th century Sara Khatun was the only female diplomat who was accepted as a sagacious politician, wise and proud public figure by European kings and rulers. She brought fame to her husband Turali bey and later on to her son who was mostly known in history as the Aghgoyunlu ruler Uzun Hasan. She also gave popularity to the Aghgoyunlu Palace with her wisdom, tenderness and her feminine motherly sanctity. She was well respected by the noblemen of the West Europe. Venice and Ottoman Sultans; even the Pope of Rome acknowledged her as the "intelligent and prideful politician and skillful diplomat" mostly guided by the mutual understanding and peace treaties.

Sara Khatun was, in all her political maneuvers, defending the interests of the Aghgoyunlu state by ensuring its territorial integrity. Possessing the virtue of humanism, kindness and nobility Sara Khatun always respected the national interests of other countries. She relied on fair policy for the sake of humanity while holding discussions with military and political opponents of her state. Sara Khatun was always attributing importance to the interests of her nation and religious tolerance. Being an envoy in international talks and diplomatic meetings where the fate of the Aghgoyunlu state was on the verge of threat, she never came back from them empty-handed. The kings and rulers who received Sara Khatun in their palaces acknowledged her virtue by calling her a mother, powerful woman and prominent diploma after having bilateral and multilateral talks with her.

Sara Khatun with her activities, and love to the state and the country represented the same qualities expressed by ancient heroines such as Tomris, Nushaba, Momina Khatun, Zahida Khatun, Mehrijan Khatun, Turkan Khatun and all other shrewd women who lived in different centuries. These were the first ladies, knights and warlords of their countries who hold an important stance in the history of Azerbaijan’s national diplomacy.

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