Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation
Islamic ideas about women and their role in society spark considerable debate both in the Western world and in the Islamic world itself. Despite the popular attention surrounding Middle Eastern attitudes toward women, there has been little systematic study of the statements regarding women in the Qur'an. Stowasser fills the void with this study on the women of Islamic sacred history. By telling their stories in Qur'an and interpretation, she introduces Islamic doctrine and its past and present socio-economic and political applications. Stowasser establishes the link between the female figure as cultural symbol, and Islamic self-perceptions from the beginning to the present time.
- Paperback | 216 pages
- 152 x 230 x 18mm | 294.83g
- 20 Feb 1997
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- Revised ed.
Back cover copy
This book is a study in religious texts. It forms part of a large research project on Women in Qur'an and Interpretation, which has occupied the past decade of my life.
An excellent study of women in Islamic scriptures and commentary. A significant contribution to the scholarship. There is no comparable study in terms of either focus or approach, despite the fact that the topic and materials are so fundamental. * John Esposito *
About Barbara Freyer Stowasser
Barbara Stowasser is Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.