- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Yale University Press (26. Februar 1992)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0300049420
- ISBN-13: 978-0300049428
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24 x 40,6 x 16,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
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Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 26. Februar 1992
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""A pathbreaking survey of Islamic discourse."-"Publishers Weekly""
""A meticulous historical analysis of the discourses on women and society in Islamic countries."-"Ethnic and Racial Studies"
""A signal contribution to the question of Islam and gender as well as a solid overview of the history of gender in the region."-Judith Tucker
"This thoughtful and thought-provoking book should be required reading for anyone who is interested in the complexity of women's experience."-Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
""Refreshingly balanced and brilliantly insightful, this book is a major scholarly contribution to the history of women in Islam. It is must reading for any social science or humanities course on the Middle East or Islam." -- Eliz Sanasarian "International Journal of Middle East Studies"
""This book stands out as particularly original, insightful and sensitive. Concentrating on one of the nearly taboo topics of Islam, its treatment of women, the author examines the patrilineal traditions in the Middle East that preceded Islam and discusses objectively the ways in which Islam both improved and curtailed the freedoms of women in its earliest days. . . . A highly original and important book."-"Foreign Affairs"
""ÝAhmed¨ ably portrays the circumstances of women from the medieval period into modern times by synthesizing various materials. The outcome will allow the general reader a far richer notion of women's society as a whole." -- Sherifa Zuhur "Middle East Journal"
""ÝAn¨ exemplary case of in-depth historical survey. . . . Women's studies in general and Middle Eastern studies in particular are much enriched by Ýthis¨ work, which should be included in the readings of all who wish to gain a sound understanding of Muslim women and politics in the Middle East." -- Haleh Afshar "Third World Quarterly"
""I would not hesitate to recommend this book as a good source of information."
""This is an important book that deserves to be recieved beyond its primary audience of feminist readers."-Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James, "Christian Century"" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Explores the historical roots of the debate about women in Islamic societies by tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender up to the present. The book describes the gender systems in place in the Middle East both before and after the rise of Islam.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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This then serves as a background on which to see the changes to gender in Muhammad's time and the time of the expansion of Islam.
Ahmed presents gender in Egypt just before the advent of modernity and the connections today's Western discourse of Muslim women has to colonialism. She presents early Egyptian feminists and their situation.
Obviously, this book does not cover very recent history, such as the Arab Spring, but it definitely adds some background information to these recent events too.
I took about 3 months to read this book, reading it on and off, chapter for chapter, very thoroughly - it is so full of information and I noticed I was going back to earlier chapters. So much to learn from.
The conclusion, too, is very inspiring, as it presents thoughts about the future of some sort of Islamic feminism that, unlike many westerners demand, would not want to abandon Middle Eastern cultures per se, but find a way to transform them towards more equality.
In pre-Islamic Arabia women had the status of possession of the men. But Muhammad abolished some injustice practices. He said "Treat them properly!" But what was properly? According to Islamic laws male heirs get more than female heirs and mens evidence carries double weight than hers. Some religious duties cannot be carried out by women. The right to divorce is only mans. It is difficult to justify these Arabic customs as something else than specific tradition. The only argument is that if God ordered it like that it is like that. On the other side it is also said that God created humanity as man and woman. It seems that Muhammad could not leave the Arabic tradition although he struggled to improve things and abolish some unjust practise. This must be respected. He meant improvement. Muhammad certainly liked women.
European critics have viewed what they call the Prophets appetite" for women as excessive and irreconcilable with the spiritual role of a man who preached moderation and renunciation. Maybe they have in mind the self-appointed western "men of God" who preach moderation and Christian way of life but do not live according to it. But such consideration must not be taken emotional. Muhammad was just a human and no human is without weak points. Adolf Hitler is an example for a man who was - as far as we know - very modest in that one respect, but he was yet no saint neither a prophet of the Almighty.
Muhammads fondness for women did not necessarily limit his value as a messenger of his God. The denial of others religious freedom and thought which is a sort of dogma in Islam is much more open to question. The prophets`s marital privileges are astonishing, specified in numerous verses of sura 33. He could have more than the normal 4 wives, he was permitted to marry first cousins, he could take wives without payment of dowries and presence of witnesses, any female believer who gave herself to him, he was excempt from the obligation of respect for the equal rights of co-wives, if he sought a woman, any other suitor must desist, and after his death no other men might marry his widows. Also his wives were imposed special duties.
So what? Blame Muhammad as a forerunner of his followers? He is dead, his belief is still living. Is this the problem?
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