Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate

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Author: Leila Ahmed

ISBN-10: 0300055838

ISBN-13: 9780300055832

Category: History of Islam

“Destined to become a classic. . . . It gives [Muslim women] back our rightful place, at the center of our histories.”—Rana Kabbani, The Guardian

“[O]ne of the best studies of Islam’s discourse on gender.”—Hans Kundnani, Wall Street Journal

“This book stands out as particularly original, insightful and sensitive.”—Foreign Affairs

Are Islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? Is the trend among Islamic women to appear once again in veils and other traditional...

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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.