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

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Yale University Press, 1992 - History - 296 pages
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This book offers a history of the Islamic discourse on women and gender, locating the current debate within its historical framework. It is comprehensive, ranging from the ancient world to the present day, and considering the relationship of Middle Eastern women to education, culture, imperialism, social change, modernization, and feminism. Addressing central questions including the veiling of women, Leila Ahmed explores the various premises of Islamicist positions on women, including how the core Islamic heritage formulated issues of gender, how it altered in terms of the concepts and societies that Islam captured, and how Islamic discourse was affected by exposure to Western societies.
  

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the first part of the book is about historical evolution of the position of women in the middle east, starting from the pre-islamic era. ahmed, here, offers 3 basic arguments: 1. about pre-islamic era ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
1
The Mediterranean Middle East
25
Women and the Rise of Islam
41
The Transitional Age
64
Elaboration of the Founding Discourses
79
Medieval Islam
102
Social and Intellectual Change
127
The Discourse of the Veil
144
The First Feminists
169
Divergent Voices
189
The Struggle for the Future
208
Conclusion
235
Notes
249
Index
280
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Ahmed is the first professor of Women's Studies and Religion at Harvard Divinity School.

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