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

User Review  - Nihal Zaki - Goodreads

A book you won't regret reading, however it is far from being flawless . First, I found the title iquiet misleading; almost half the book was dedicated to the feminist move in the Arab world and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

This book is now 20 years old so I can forgive it for being out of date but I don't know that I can forgive it for being titled as it is. The author make legitimate excuses (lack of written records ... 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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