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.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
""This is a rich and scholarly book whose many writers draw on sources as varied as hadith, biographical dictionaries, legal texts, archival records, anthropological fieldwork and contemporary writings. . . . A welcome and informative spur to future debate and research." -- Conelia Sorabji "Times Higher Education Supplement"
"[An] exemplary case of in-depth historical survey. . . . Women's studies in general and Middle Eastern studies in particular are much enriched by [this] 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"
""The collection as a whole extends and deepens our knowledge of the complexities of gender relations and of the possibilities and constraints in the lives of Middle Eastern Muslim women. . . . Its varied essays should make it necessary reading in courses on Middle East history." -- Niloofar Shambayati "Journal of Near Eastern Studies"
"Combining scholarship and theory, these essays are loosely organized to concentrate on the early Islamic centuries, the Mamluk period (1250-1517) and the modern age. . . . The authors generally focus on the subject of gender boundaries' in order to demonstrate the changing position of women in Middle Eastern society."-"Publishers Weekly""
"The authors present new, important, and interesting data that is analyzed within historical, social, cultural, and economic contexts. The book is a very significant contribution to our understanding of the complexity of gender roles in general and specifically in the Middle Eastern-Islamic context."-Gene R. Garthwaite" -- Gene R. Garthwaite
"This collection makes an important contribution to Middle East scholarship. Readers come away indebted to its contributors for what they have learned . . . Keddie and Baron's volume appears at an important juncture in women's studies and will no doubt have a significant impact."-John L. Esposito, "American Historical Review" -- John L. Esposito "American Historical Review"
"Many books and articles have been written on this subject but none has the range and depth of this volume. "Women in Middle Eastern History offers "an insight into the dynamics of this important region of the world. . . . This book goes beyond the role and status of women, for it examines the various societies they lived or live in." -- Mai Yamani "Journal of Islamic Studies"
"With this collection of readings, issues of women and gender enter the mainstream of studies on Middle Eastern history and society. This text is particularly effective in highlighting how gender and sex roles are linked to differences of class, social location, status, and generation in Middle Eastern societies past and present. It is highly appropriate as a reader for introductory courses on the Middle East in all fields."-Dale F. Eickelman, Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations, Dartmouth College" -- Dale F. Eickelman
" An exemplary case of in-depth historical survey. . . . Women's studies in general and Middle Eastern studies in particular are much enriched by this 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"
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