Chosen Among Women: Mary And Fatima In Medieval Christianity And Shi'ite Islam by Mary F. Thurlkill

Chosen Among Women: Mary And Fatima In Medieval Christianity And Shi'ite Islam

byMary F. Thurlkill

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Chosen among Women: Mary and Fatima in Medieval Christianity and Shiite Islam combines historical analysis with the tools of gender studies and religious studies to compare the roles of the Virgin Mary in medieval Christianity with those of Fatima, daughter of the prophet Muhammad, in Shiite Islam. The book explores the proliferation of Marian imagery in Late Antiquity through the Church fathers and popular hagiography. It examines how Merovingian authors assimilated powerful queens and abbesses to a Marian prototype to articulate their political significance and, at the same time, censure holy women's public charisma. Mary Thurlkill focuses as well on the importance of Fatima in the evolution of Shiite identity throughout the Middle East. She examines how scholars such as Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi advertised Fatima as a symbol of the Shiite holy family and its glorified status in paradise, while simultaneously binding her as a mother to the domestic sphere and patriarchal authority.

This important comparative look at feminine ideals in both Shiite Islam and medieval Christianity is of relevance and value in the modern world. It will be welcomed by scholars and students of Islam, comparative religion, medieval Christianity, and gender studies.
 
“Thurlkill has produced a remarkable study, a model for comparative work in the history of religions. The book is original, well-researched, and shows great erudition. Thurlkill's original acumen is brought to bear on a rich and variegated topic that has for too long been ignored by specialists not willing to move beyond the confines of overly determined areas of research.“ —Brannon Wheeler, United States Naval Academy

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Mary F. Thurlkill is assistant professor of religion at the University of Mississippi.
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Title:Chosen Among Women: Mary And Fatima In Medieval Christianity And Shi'ite IslamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268042314

ISBN - 13:9780268042318

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“. . . This work is a welcome contribution to the fields of both medieval Christian and medieval Muslim studies . . . it adds to our understanding of how gender is deployed by the clerical establishment or figures of authority in a religious tradition to negotiate the terrain of diverse theological, political, social, and religious practices in the ongoing struggle to shape orthodoxy and orthopraxy . . . the greatest contribution of the book is its demonstration that even though patriarchal constructs draw parameters around these two holy women, the possibilities such figures open up for multivalent understandings of their roles and accomplishments are nonetheless significant.”