My Soul is a Woman

My Soul is a Woman : The Feminine in Islam

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An internationally acclaimed scholar, who has dedicated more than fifty years of her life to understanding the Islamic world.Annemarie Schimmel examines a much-misunderstood feature of Islam: the role of women. Schimmel is critical of those--especially Western feminists--who take Islam to task without taking the time to comprehend the cultures, language, and traditions of the many societies in which Islam is the majority religion.Shattering stereotypes, Schimmel reconstructs an important but little-known chapter of Islamic spirituality. With copius examples, she shows the clear equality of women and meni nthe conception of the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, the feminine language of the mystical tradition, and the role of holy mothers and unmarried women as manifestations of God.This work is studded with luminous texts from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and particularly Indo-Muslim cultures, which reveal how physical love can give expression to the highest forms of mysticism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 11.94mm | 260g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0826414443
  • 9780826414441
  • 545,031

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Chapter 1: Women and the Prophet Chapter 2: Women in Sufism Chapter 3: Women and the Quran and in the Tradition Chapter 4: Woman or 'Man of God': The Education of the Soul Chapter 5: The Old Woman Chapter 6: The Mothers Chapter 7: Woman as manifestation of God Chapter 8: The Brides of God Chapter 9: Woman Souls in Indo-Pakistani Poetry Chapter 10: Sassi's Wanderings Chapter 11: Sohni Mehanwal Chapter 12: Omar Marui Epilogue Bibliography Index.
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About Annemarie Schimmel

Annemarie Schimmel was for many years a professor of Indo-Muslim culture at Harvard University and before that professor of Islamic Studies in Ankara and Bonn. She is the author of many works in English and in German.
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