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Title Women in the medieval Islamic world : power, patronage, and piety / edited by Gavin R.G. Hambly.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.486971 WOME    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 566 pages ; 22 cm.
Series The new Middle Ages ; v. 6.
New Middle Ages ; v. 6.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [551]-559).
Contents Introduction: Becoming Visible: Medieval Islamic Women in Historiography and History / Gavin R. G. Hambly 3 -- Chapter 1 Three Queens, Two Wives, and A Goddess: the Roles and Images of Women in Sasanian Iran / Jenny Rose 29 -- Chapter 2 Women in Pre-Islamic Central Asia: The Khatun of Bukhara / Richard N. Frye 55 -- Chapter 3 Zaynab Bint 'Ali and the Place of the Women of the Households of the First Imams in Shi'ite Devotional Literature / David Pinault 69 -- Chapter 4 Bold and the Beautiful: Women and 'Fitna' in the 'Sirat Dhat Al-Himma': The Story of Nura / Remke Kruk 99 -- Chapter 5 Sayyida Hurra: The Isma'ili Sulayhid Queen of Yemen / Farhad Daftary 117 -- Chapter 6 Women's Lamentations As Protest in the 'Shahnama' / Olga M. Davidson 131 -- Chapter 7 Heroines and Others in the Heroic Age of the Turks / Geoffrey Lewis 147 -- Chapter 8 Female Piety and Patronage in the Medieval 'Hajj' / Marina Tolmacheva 161 -- Chapter 9 Sultan Radiyya Bint Iltutmish / Peter Jackson 181 -- Chapter 10 Timurid Women: A Cultural Perspective / Priscilla P. Soucek 199 -- Chapter 11 Conjugal Rights Versus Class Prerogatives: A Divorce Case in Mamluk Cairo / Carl F. Petry 227 -- Chapter 12 Invisible Women: Residents of Early Sixteenth-Century Istanbul / Yvonne J. Seng 241 -- Chapter 13 "She is Trouble...and I Will Divorce Her": Orality, Honor, and Representation in the Ottoman Court of 'Aintab / Leslie Peirce 269 -- Chapter 14 Women and the Public Eye in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul / Fariba Zarinebaf-Shahr 301 -- Chapter 15 'Jewels of Wonder': Learned Ladies and Princess Politicians in the Provinces of Early Safavid Iran / Maria Szuppe 325 -- Chapter 16 "Aqa'id Al-Nisa": A Glimpse at Safavid Women in Local Isfahani Culture / Kathryn Babayan 349 -- Chapter 17 Women in Safavid Iran: The Evidence of European Travelers / Ronald W. Ferrier 383 -- Chapter 18 Contributors to the Urban Landscape: Women Builders in Safavid Isfahan and Mughal Shahjahanabad / Stephen P. Blake 407 -- Chapter 19 Armed Women Retainers in the Zenanas of Indomuslim Rulers: The Case of Bibi Fatima / Gavin R.G. Hambly 429 -- Chapter 20 Private Lives and Public Piety: Women and the Practice of Islam in Mughal India / Gregory C. Kozlowski 469 -- Chapter 21 Women and the Feminine In the Court and High Culture of Awadh, 1722-1856 / Michael H. Fisher 489 -- Chapter 22 Embattled Begams: Women as Power Brokers In Early Modern India / Richard B. Barnett 521 -- Chapter 23 Sitt Nasra Bint 'Adlan: A Sudanese Noblewoman in History and Tradition / Idris Salim al-Hasan, Neil McHugh 537.
Summary Women often appear invisible in what is widely perceived as the male-oriented society of Islam. Women in the Medieval Islamic World seeks to redress the balance with a series of original essays on women in the pre-modern phase of Islamic history. The reader will encounter here a colorful portrait gallery of rulers, politicians, poets and patrons, as well as some larger than life fictitious females from the pages of Arabic, Persian and Turkish literature. No less authentic are the accounts of quiet or troubled lives of ordinary women preserved in the court records of Mamluk Egypt and Ottoman Turkey, reminders that historical research can resuscitate the lives of subaltern as well as elite women from the past. For people who believe that Muslim women, especially medieval Muslim women, have no history, this book demonstrates the ways in which research by twenty international scholars -- sometimes working in their own distinct fields and sometimes in overlapping areas -- can bring into focus the role and contribution of women in the development of Islamic history. There will no longer be an excuse for their exclusion.
Other author Hambly, Gavin, 1934-
Subject Muslim women -- History.
ISBN 0312210574