Description - Women in Middle Eastern History by Nikki R. Keddie
This collection of essays constitutes a scholarly volume on the history of Middle Eastern women. Unlike other works which take a sociological or religious standpoint, its focus is emphatically historical - covering the period from earliest Islam to the present day. Sources for the Middle East are scanter than those for the West and are heavily male-oriented, containing little overt material on women. Yet this volume demonstrates that much can be gleaned from the dominant material on men, and the essays make use of a wide range of sources, including histories, geographies, biographical dictionaries, law books, narrative texts, and poetry. Use is also made of imaginative works like the Thousand and One Nights, and of the Traditions (hadith) of the Prophet. Inferences are drawn too from music, art, architecture, and material culture. The volume examines modern writings by Middle Eastern women, and material in Western writings and archives of the modern period.
Later essays show how these historical investigations may be aided by the methods of sociology and anthropology, giving strong evidence of how complex and multifaceted is the position of Middle Eastem women, past and present, how diverse are the scholarly views of them, and how one might shift the boundaries that constrain them.
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Author Biography - Nikki R. Keddie
Nikki R. Keddie, professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author of Roots of Revolution, the editor of Religion and Politics in Iran, and the co-editor of Neither East nor West. Beth Baron, assistant professor of history at City College, City University of New York, has recently completed a book of women intellectuals and society in modern Egypt.