Women of the Jordan
Islam, Labor and the Law annotated edition
By (author) Amira El-Azhary Sonbol
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Women of the Jordan by Amira El-Azhary Sonbol
Book DescriptionAn incisive study of the past, present, and future of Jordanian and Palestinian women women and issues of employment, education, human rights, Islamic law, and legal practice. Focusing specifically on Jordanian and Palestinian women, Amira El-Azhary Sonbol shows the legal constraints extant in a number of legal codes, namely penal codes that permit violence against Muslim women and personal status laws that require a husband's permission for a woman to work. Leniency in honor crimes and early marriage and motherhood for girls are other factors which extend the patriarchal power throughout an Arab and Muslim woman's life, and ultimately deny her full legal competency. Constitutions may declare all citizens equal before the eyes of the law, but labor, personal status, and criminal laws contradict this. Significantly, Sonbol notes that social acceptance of these laws as "Islamic" constitutes a major problem in any effort to change them - even though historically the Islamic Shari'a actually encourages women's work and throughout Islamic history Muslim women have contributed materially to their society's economy. In a book that will make an important contribution to the literature in the field Sonbol effectively illustrates how Jordanian laws controlling gender, family, and work combine with laws and legal philosophies derived from tribal, traditional, Islamic, and modern laws to form a strict patriarchal structure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815629856
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Amira El-Azhary Sonbol
Gulf Women, Paperback (December 2012)
This collection of essays provides a greater understanding of the history of the Gulf and the Arab world and is of relevance to Muslim women everywhere.
New Mamluks, Paperback (November 2000)» View all books by Amira El-Azhary Sonbol
This study of modern Egypt aims to open the debate regarding new terms and methods for understanding the Middle East and Islamic societies. Sonbol shows continuity in the division of Egyptian society into two groups: the "Khassa" which tried to impose a hegemonic culture, and the opposing "Amma".
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Author Biography - Amira El-Azhary Sonbol
Amira El-Azhary Sonbol is associate professor of Islamic history, law, and society at Georgetown University. She is the author of The New Mamluks: Egyptian Society and Modern Feudalism; The Creation of a Medical Profession in Egypt, 1800-1922; and editor of Women, the Family, and Divorce Laws in Islamic History, all published by Syracuse University Press.
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