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Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate / Edition 1
     

Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate / Edition 1

by Leila Ahmed
 

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ISBN-10: 0300055838

ISBN-13: 9780300055832

Pub. Date: 07/28/1993

Publisher: Yale University Press

Are Islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? Is the trend among Islamic women to appear once again in veils and other traditional clothing a symbol of regression or an effort to return to a “pure” Islam that was just and fair to both sexes? In this book Leila Ahmed adds a new perspective to the current debate about women and Islam by exploring

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Are Islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? Is the trend among Islamic women to appear once again in veils and other traditional clothing a symbol of regression or an effort to return to a “pure” Islam that was just and fair to both sexes? In this book Leila Ahmed adds a new perspective to the current debate about women and Islam by exploring its historical roots, tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender from the ancient world to the present.

In order to distinguish what was distinctive about the earliest Islamic doctrine on women, Ahmed first describes the gender systems in place in the Middle East before the rise of Islam. She then focuses on those Arab societies that played a key role in elaborating the dominant Islamic discourses about women and gender: Arabia during the period in which Islam was founded; Iraq during the classical age, when the prescriptive core of legal and religious discourse on women was formulated; and Egypt during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when exposure to Western societies led to dramatic social change and to the emergence of new discourses on women. Throughout, Ahmed not only considers the Islamic texts in which central ideologies about women and gender developed or were debated but also places this discourse in its social and historical context. Her book is thus a fascinating survey of Islamic debates and ideologies about women and the historical circumstances of their position in society, the first such discussion using the analytic tools of contemporary gender studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300055832
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
151,124
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(8)
PART 1 The Pre-Islamic Middle East 9(30)
Chapter 1 Mesopotamia
11(14)
Chapter 2 The Mediterranean Middle East
25(14)
PART 2 Founding Discourses 39(86)
Chapter 3 Women and the Rise of Islam
41(23)
Chapter 4 The Transitional Age
64(15)
Chapter 5 Elaboration of the Founding Discourses
79(23)
Chapter 6 Medieval Islam
102(23)
PART 3 New Discourses 125(110)
Chapter 7 Social and Intellectual Change
127(17)
Chapter 8 The Discourse of the Veil
144(25)
Chapter 9 The First Feminists
169(20)
Chapter 10 Divergent Voices
189(19)
Chapter 11 The Struggle for the Future
208(27)
Conclusion 235(14)
Notes 249(31)
Index 280

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