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Description - In the House of the Law by Judith E. Tucker

In 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 Details

ISBN: 9780520224742
ISBN-10: 0520224744
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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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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Women, Family and Gender in Islamic Law by Judith E. Tucker
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Women in Nineteenth-Century Egypt by Judith E. Tucker
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