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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 in the 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 female figure as cultural symbol, and Islamic self-perceptions from the beginning to the present time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195111484
ISBN-10: 0195111486
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 20-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Barbara Freyer Stowasser

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

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