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Title:Women and gender in Islam: historical roots of a modern debate
Author:Ahmed, LeilaISNI
City of publisher:New Haven
Publisher:Yale University Press
ISBN:0300049420; 0300055838
Geographic terms:Middle East
Abstract:Are Islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? Is the trend among Islamic women to appear once again in veils and other traditional clothing a symbol of regression or an effort to return to a 'pure' Islam that was just and fair to both sexes? This book contributes to the current debate about women and Islam by exploring its historical roots, tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender from the ancient world to the present. Part 1 outlines the practices and concepts relating to gender in some exemplary societies of the Middle East - Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean - antecedent to the rise of Islam. Part 2 deals with Arabia at the time of the rise of Islam, tracing changes that occurred when Islam was instituted and changes that accompanied its spread to the wider Middle East. Part 3 takes as its starting point the turn of the 19th century and outlines the socioeconomic, political, and cultural changes that accompanied European encroachment on the Middle East. The focus here is almost entirely on Egypt, the first region in the Arab world to experiment with social change for women.