Synopses & Reviews
In this book Leila Ahmed adds a new perspective to the current debate about women and Islam by exploring its historical roots, tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender from the ancient world to the present.
"Ahmed's book is a significant contribution. . . . Its ambitious scope, its lucidity, and its committed vision all make it a work that will be stimulating and informative for specialists, students, and general readers alike."-Barbara D. Metcalf, Middle Eastern Studies
(Barbara D. Metcalf, Middle Eastern Studies)
"A meticulous historical analysis of the discourses on women and society in Islamic countries."-Ethnic and Racial Studies
(Ethnic and Racial Studies)
Are Islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? This text explores the historical roots concerning the debate about women and Islam, tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender from ancient world to the 20th century.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-279) and index.