My Soul Is A Woman

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Overview

An internationally acclaimed scholar, who has dedicated more than fifty years of her life to understanding the Islamic world.Annemarie Schimmel examines a much-misunderstood feature of Islam: the role of women. Schimmel is critical of those—especially Western feminists—who take Islam to task without taking the time to comprehend the cultures, language, and traditions of the many societies in which Islam is the majority religion.Shattering stereotypes, Schimmel reconstructs an important but little-known chapter of Islamic spirituality. With copius examples, she shows the clear equality of women and meni nthe conception of the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, the feminine language of the mystical tradition, and the role of holy mothers and unmarried women as manifestations of God.This work is studded with luminous texts from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and particularly Indo-Muslim cultures, which reveal how physical love can give expression to the highest forms of mysticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826414441
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/25/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 716,682
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Annemarie Schimmel was for many years a Professor of Indo-Muslim Culture at Harvard University and before that Professor of Islamic Studies at Ankara and Bonn. In 1995, she was the recipient of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Chapter
1. Women and the Prophet
2. Women in Sufism
3. Women in the Quran and in the Tradition
4. Woman or "Man of God": The Education of the Soul (nafs)
5. The Old Woman
6. The Mothers
7. Woman as Manifesto of God
8. The Brides of God
9. Woman-Souls in Indo-Pakistani Poetry
10. Sassi's Wanderings
11. Sohni Mehanwal
12. Oman Maru Epilogue Bibliography Index.

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