Women in the Qur'an, Traditions and Interpretation / Edition 1

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Islamic ideas about women and their role in society spark considerable debate both in the Western world and in the Islamic world itself. Despite the popular attention surrounding Middle Eastern attitudes toward women, there has been little systematic study of the statements regarding women in the Qur'an. Stowasser fills the void with this study on the women of Islamic sacred history. By telling their stories in Qur'an and interpretation, she introduces Islamic doctrine and its past and present socio-economic and political applications. Stowasser establishes the link between the female figure as cultural symbol, and Islamic self-perceptions from the beginning to the present time.

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"An excellent study of women in Islamic scriptures and commentary. A significant contribution to the scholarship. There is no comparable study in terms of either focus or approach, despite the fact that the topic and materials are so fundamental."—John Esposito, Georgetown University

"This is not just another book on women in Islam...It is an in-depth survey of Islamic literature dealing with women. As much as any book can, it avoids judgement; it simply presents material drawn from the Qur'an and both traditional and modern interpretations of female role models in Islam....This volume will be essential reading for scholars of Islam, and very useful for courses in Islam and women's studies, particularly on the graduate level."—Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

"...one of the most outstanding works to have been published on the popular topic of women in Islam....The erudition and insights of this study will make this an invaluable reference work for both specialists and non-specialists on women in Islam."—Digest of Middle East Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195111484
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.19 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Stowasser is Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. I Women in Sacred History
1 The Qur'an 13
2 The Chapter of Eve 25
3 The Women of Noah, Lot, and Abraham 39
4 The Chapter of Zulaykha 50
5 The Women in the Life of the Prophet Moses 57
6 The Chapter of Bilqis, Queen of Sheeba 62
7 The Chapter of Mary 67
Pt. II The Prophet's Wives
8 The Mothers of the Believers in the Qur'an 85
9 The Mothers of the Believers in the Hadith 104
10 Modern Muslim Interpretations 119
Notes 135
References 189
Glossary 195
Index 201
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