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Women in Shiʿism (Hardback)

Ancient Stories, Modern Ideologies

P&S History > Theology & Religion

Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Islamic History and Thought
Pages: 402
ISBN: 9781463207267
Published: 13th February 2019
Casemate UK Academic

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What is the nature and social role of women? In today’s Shi‘ism, these questions are often answered through the “separate-but- equal” ideology which emphasizes the role of women as wives and mothers, and places men in authority. But is this the only ideology which can be derived from Shi‘i scriptural sources? This book takes a more nuanced approach to that question by exploring how women are portrayed in hadith on ancient sacred narrative – the stories of the prophets. It shows far more diverse views on what it means to be a woman (and, by extension, a man) – and that early Shi‘is held competing views about ideals for women.

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