In the House of the Law
Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine
By (author) Judith E. Tucker
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In the House of the Law by Judith E. Tucker
Book DescriptionIn an rewarding new study, Tucker explores the way in which Islamic legal thinkers understood Islam as it related to women and gender roles. In seventeenth and eighteenth century Syria and Palestine, Muslim legal thinkers gave considerable attention to women's roles in society, and Tucker shows how fatwas, or legal opinions, greatly influenced these roles. She challenges prevailing views on Islam and gender, revealing Islamic law to have been more fluid and flexible than previously thought. Although the legal system had a consistent patriarchal orientation, it was modulated by sensitivities to the practical needs of women, men, and children. In her comprehensive overview of a field long neglected by scholars, Tucker deepens our understanding of how societies, including our own, construct gender roles.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520224742
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Judith E. Tucker
Women, Family and Gender in Islamic Law, Paperback (October 2008)
An exploration of Islamic law from the perspective of women and gender.
Women in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Paperback (June 2002)
The book provides a unique account of the very active economic, social and political roles of nineteenth-century women.
Social History of Women and the Family in the Middle East, Paperback (December 1997)» View all books by Judith E. Tucker
An overview of the scholarship on women and gender in the 19th- and 20th-century Middle East. The book is organized along thematic lines that reflect major focuses of research in this area - gender and work, gender and the state, gender and law, gender and religion, and feminist movements.
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Author Biography - Judith E. Tucker
Judith E. Tucker is a Professor of History at Georgetown University. She is the author of Women in Nineteenth Century Egypt (1985)and the editor of Arab Women: Old Boundaries, New Frontiers (1993).
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