Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr by D. A. SpellbergPolitics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr by D. A. Spellberg

Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr

byD. A. Spellberg, Da Spellberg

Paperback | June 13, 1996

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In this extraordinary study, D. A. Spellberg examines the life of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr, Muhammad's most beloved and controversial wife, and a central figure in Islamic cultural history. Instead of employing the traditional chronological technique of the biographer, however, Spellberg uses 'A'isha as a lens through which to examine the place of women in Islamic societies.

D. A. Spellberg is associate professor of history and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Title:Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha bint Abi BakrFormat:PaperbackDimensions:243 pages, 8.75 × 0.76 × 0.68 inPublished:June 13, 1996Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231079990

ISBN - 13:9780231079990

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments1. Approaches to the Study of a Legacy: An Introduction2. Priveledges and Problems: The Shaping of 'A'isha's Historical Persona3. The Accusation of Adultery and Communal Debate4. Gender and the Politics of Succession5. The Politics of Praise: 'A'isha and the Development of Islamic Female Ideals6. The Last Word: A Note in ConclusionNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndexIllustrations

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The book is a rare treat. Well researched and well written, it approaches the issue of Islamic biography from a fresh and engaging perspective.... An exciting contribution to the developing body of literature identified under the general but changing rubric of feminist.