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Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past By D. A. Spellberg

Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past

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Examines the life of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr, Muhammad's most beloved and controversial wife, and a central figure in Islamic cultural history. Instead of employing the traditional chronological technique of the biographer, however, Spellberg uses 'A'isha as a lens through which to examine the place of women in Islamic societies.

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Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr by D. A. Spellberg

In this extraordinary study, D. A. Spellberg examines the life of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr, Muhammad's most beloved and controversial wife, and a central figure in Islamic cultural history. Instead of employing the traditional chronological technique of the biographer, however, Spellberg uses 'A'isha as a lens through which to examine the place of women in Islamic societies.

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The book is a rare treat. Well researched and well written, it approaches the issue of Islamic biography from a fresh and engaging perspective... An exciting contribution to the developing body of literature identified under the general but changing rubric of feminist. International Journal of Middle East Studies

About D. A. Spellberg


D. A. Spellberg is associate professor of history and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments 1. Approaches to the Study of a Legacy: An Introduction 2. Priveledges and Problems: The Shaping of 'A'isha's Historical Persona 3. The Accusation of Adultery and Communal Debate 4. Gender and the Politics of Succession 5. The Politics of Praise: 'A'isha and the Development of Islamic Female Ideals 6. The Last Word: A Note in Conclusion Notes Glossary Bibliography Index Illustrations

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GOR010837381
Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr by D. A. Spellberg
D. A. Spellberg
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Columbia University Press
1996-05-03
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0231079990
9780231079990
Winner of DOST Award 2009
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