Women in Middle Eastern History: Shifting Boundaries in Sex and Gender / Edition 1

Women in Middle Eastern History: Shifting Boundaries in Sex and Gender / Edition 1

by Nikki R. Keddie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300056974

ISBN-13: 9780300056976

Pub. Date: 07/28/1993

Publisher: Yale University Press

This history of Middle Eastern women is the first to survey gender relations in the Middle East from the earliest Islamic period to the present. Outstanding scholars analyze a rich array of sources ranging from histories, biographical dictionaries, law books, prescriptive treatises, and archival records, to the Traditions (hadith) of the Prophet and imaginative works…  See more details below

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This history of Middle Eastern women is the first to survey gender relations in the Middle East from the earliest Islamic period to the present. Outstanding scholars analyze a rich array of sources ranging from histories, biographical dictionaries, law books, prescriptive treatises, and archival records, to the Traditions (hadith) of the Prophet and imaginative works like the Thousand and One Nights, to modern writings by Middle Eastern women and by Western writers. They show that gender boundaries in the Middle East have been neither fixed nor immutable: changes in family patterns, religious rituals, socio-economic necessity, myth and ideology - and not least, women's attitudes - have expanded or circumscribed women's roles and behavior through the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300056976
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
1,015,904
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Organization of the Volume
1Introduction: Deciphering Middle Eastern Women's History1
2Islam and Patriarchy: A Comparative Perspective23
IThe First Islamic Centuries
3Political Action and Public Example: Aisha and the Battle of the Camel45
4Early Islam and the Position of Women: The Problem of Interpretation58
5Gendering the Ungendered Body: Hermaphrodites in Medieval Islamic Law74
IIThe Mamluk Period
6Manners and Customs of Fourteenth-Century Cairene Women: Female Anarchy versus Male Shari Order in Muslim Prescriptive Treatises99
7Class Solidarity versus Gender Gain: Women as Custodians of Property in Later Medieval Egypt122
8Women and Islamic Education in the Mamluk Period143
IIIModern Turkey and Iran
9Ottoman Women, Households, and Textile Manufacturing, 1800-1914161
10The Impact of Legal and Educational Reforms on Turkish Women177
11The Dynamics of Women's Spheres of Action in Rural Iran195
12Political Roles of Aliabad Women: The Public-Private Dichotomy Transcended215
IVThe Modern Arab World
13Ties That Bound: Women and Family in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Nablus233
14The House of Zainab: Female Authority and Saintly Succession in Colonial Algeria254
15The Making and Breaking of Marital Bonds in Modern Egypt275
16Artists and Entrepreneurs: Female Singers in Cairo during the 1920s292
17Biography and Women's History: On Interpreting Doria Shafik310
List of Contributors335
Index337

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