Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society

Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society

by Yossef Rapoport
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521045800

ISBN-13: 9780521045803

Pub. Date: 08/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

High rates of divorce, often taken to be a modern and western phenomenon, were also typical of medieval Islamic societies. By pitting these high rates of divorce against the Islamic ideal of marriage,Yossef Rapoport radically challenges usual assumptions about the legal inferiority of Muslim women and their economic dependence on men. He argues that marriages in

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High rates of divorce, often taken to be a modern and western phenomenon, were also typical of medieval Islamic societies. By pitting these high rates of divorce against the Islamic ideal of marriage,Yossef Rapoport radically challenges usual assumptions about the legal inferiority of Muslim women and their economic dependence on men. He argues that marriages in late medieval Cairo, Damascus and Jerusalem had little in common with the patriarchal models advocated by jurists and moralists. The transmission of dowries, women's access to waged labour, and the strict separation of property between spouses made divorce easy and normative, initiated by wives as often as by their husbands. This carefully researched work of social history is interwoven with intimate accounts of individual medieval lives, making for a truly compelling read. It will be of interest to scholars of all disciplines concerned with the history of women and gender in Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521045803
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Glossary; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Marriage, divorce and the gender division of property; 2. Working women, single women and the rise of the female ribāt; 3. The monetization of marriage; 4. Divorce, repudiation and settlement; 5. Repudiation as public power; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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