Based on original sources, this book questions the conventional wisdom qualifying the Mediterranean Muslim woman as a passive person subjected to the tyranny and misogyny of her religion, society and male relatives. Yet, research based on primary evidence from the medieval, modern and contemporary Mediterranean Muslim world blows apart this stereotype. The studies in this book, which rely on different types of information coming from many varied regions and time periods - encompassing everything from medieval love poetry to popular literary sources via compilations of fatwa and legal analyses - bear witness to the fact that individual women, not just those from the upper classes, interacted not only with the private domains of sociey but also in the public realm. Specific case studies of Arab, Andalusi and Kabyle women's lives in addition to more generalised views of them expressed within the Mediterranean Muslim world bring to life the roles played by women in different social, cultural, religious, economic, legal and political situations.
Writing the Feminine
Women in Arab Sources