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Women in Islamic Societies

1st Edition

Edited by Bo Utas


260 pages

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First published in 1983, this edited collection is based on contributions at a Scandinavian symposium on the place of women in Islamic society. It offers perspectives which illuminate our understanding of social relationships and structures pertaining to a vast number of the world’s population dispersed throughout Asia and Africa. Sociological and anthropological investigations of social organization and the behavioural patterns provided in these papers demonstrate that the status of women, their rights, duties and control over property, their body, the degree of seclusion and veiling, vary considerably. Overall, this collection of papers show that the relationship between Islam and the everyday lives of Muslim women is a complex picture, one that is confronted with a considerable range of interpretations of laws and traditions.

This book will be of particular interest to those studying women and Islam, anthropology, religion and sociology.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The Attitude of Islamic Fundamentalism towards the Question of Women in Islam Jan Hjärpe 2. Women after Death: Aspects of a Study on Iranian Nomadic Cemeteries Inge Demant Mortensen 3. Mother, Sister, Daughter, Wife: the Pillars of the Traditional Albanian Patriarchal Society Berit Backer 4. Muslim Women in the Periphery: the West African Sahel Mette Bovin 5. Conflicts of Solidarity in Pakhtun Women’s Lives Inger W. Boesen 6. Women in Malaysia: Economic Autonomy, Ritual Segregation and some future Possibilities Ingrid Rudie 7. The Matrifocal Warp of Bonerate Culture Harald Beyer Broch 8. Islam and Adat: Some Recent Changes in the Social Position of Women among Sasak in Lombok Sven Cederroth 9. Oppressive and Liberating Elements in the Situation of Pelstinian Women Birgitte Rahbek Pedersen 10. Women’s Roles in Contemporary Algeria: Tradition and Modernism Inger Rezig 11. The Influence of Socialization and Formal Education on the Position of Turkish Women Lotte Bøggild Mortensen 12. Women left Behind: a Case Study of some Effects on Turkish Emigration Ulla-Britt Engelbrektsson 13. Women Mystics in Islam Emine Gürsoy-Naskali 14. Women in the Prophet’s Femily as they Feature in Popular Bazaar Literature Esko Naskali; List of Contributors

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women in Islamic Societies

Women in Islamic societies are often seen as a hidden and homogenous group. The volumes in this set, originally published between 1960 and 1983, explore the wide variety of women’s roles in a range of Islamic societies, from Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Kurdistan to Malaysia, West Africa, Iran and Turkey. Due to their anthropological focus, each book pays particular attention to the everyday lives of women in these regions, including their agency and power within their own communities. The titles also explore women’s changing roles in the modernising Muslim world of the 20th century.

This set will be of interest to those studying women, gender, Islam and anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural