Women in the Quran, Traditions, and Interpretation

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byBarbara Freyer Stowasser

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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 inthe 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 femalefigure as cultural symbol, and Islamic self-perceptions from the beginning to the present time.

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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.

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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 inthe Qur'an. Stowasser fills the void with th...

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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.

Barbara Stowasser is Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 6.18 × 9.25 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195111484

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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.

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"...one of the most outstanding works to have been published on the popular topic of women in Islam....The erudition and insights of this study will make this an invaluable reference work for both specialists and non-specialists on women in Islam."--Digest of Middle East Studies