My Soul Is A Woman: The Feminine in Islam by Annemarie SchimmelMy Soul Is A Woman: The Feminine in Islam by Annemarie Schimmel

My Soul Is A Woman: The Feminine in Islam

byAnnemarie Schimmel

Paperback | February 25, 2003

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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.
Annemarie Schimmel was for many years a Professor of Indo-Muslim Culture at Harvard University and before that Professor of Islamic Studies at Ankara and Bonn. In 1995, she was the recipient of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.
Title:My Soul Is A Woman: The Feminine in IslamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:194 pages, 8.32 × 5.47 × 0.48 inPublished:February 25, 2003Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826414443

ISBN - 13:9780826414441


Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Chapter 1. Women and the Prophet 2. Women in Sufism 3. Women in the Quran and in the Tradition 4. Woman or "Man of God": The Education of the Soul (nafs) 5. The Old Woman 6. The Mothers 7. Woman as Manifesto of God 8. The Brides of God 9. Woman-Souls in Indo-Pakistani Poetry 10. Sassi's Wanderings 11. Sohni Mehanwal 12. Oman Maru Epilogue Bibliography Index