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Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam

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ISBN-10: 1107529816

ISBN-13: 9781107529816

Edition: 2015

Authors: Asma Sayeed

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Asma Sayeed's book explores the history of women as religious scholars from the first decades of Islam through the early Ottoman period (seventh to the seventeenth centuries). Focusing on women's engagement with ḥadīth, this book analyzes dramatic chronological patterns in women's ḥadīth participation in terms of developments in Muslim social, intellectual, and legal history. Drawing on primary and secondary sources, this work uncovers the historical forces that shaped Muslim women's public participation in religious learning. In the process, it challenges two opposing views: that Muslim women have been historically marginalized in religious education, and alternately that they have been consistently empowered thanks to early role models such as 'Ā'isha bint Abī Bakr, the wife of the Prophet Muḥammad. This book is a must-read for those interested in the history of Muslim women as well as in debates about their rights in the modern world. The intersections of this history with topics in Muslim education, the development of Sunnī orthodoxies, Islamic law, and ḥadīth studies make this work an important contribution to Muslim social and intellectual history of the early and classical eras.
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/21/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Michael Cookis Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.  His publications includeMuslim Dogma(1981),The Koran: A Very Short Introduction(2000) and, most recently,Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islam(2001) which won the Albert Hourani Book Award as the year’s most notable book in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.  In 2002, Professor Cook was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Najam Haideris currently an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Franklin and Marshall College, where he teaches courses in Islamic studies and history.  He completed his PhD at Princeton University in 2007 and has published articles focusing on Islamic historiography and the emergence of sectarian identity.  His research interests include Islamic law, Shi‘ism, and the impact of colonization on modern Islamic political and religious discourse. Intisar A. Rabbrecently joined the law faculty of Boston College Law School, where she teaches in areas of criminal law, constitutional law, and Islamic and comparative law.  She is also a research affiliate at Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program, and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar.  Her research interests include Islamic law and legal history, comparative law, and the history of the Qur’anic text.  She completed a JD from Yale Law School and is completing her PhD at Princeton University with a dissertation entitledDoubt’s Benefit: Legal Maxims in Islamic Law.  Asma Sayeedis currently Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Lafayette College, where she teaches courses in Islamic Studies and world religions.  She completed her PhD at Princeton University in the Near Eastern Studies department.  Her specialties and interests are in early and classical Islamic history, Muslim women’s studies, classical Islamic education, and Islamic law.  She has published articles on women and religious learning in classical Islam and is now preparing a book manuscript entitledShifting Fortunes: Women and Hadith Transmission in Islamic History.