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Female religious authority in Shi'i Islam : past and present

By: Kunkler, Mirjam(Edited by) Stewart, Devin J.(Edited by)

1474426603 / 9781474426602
Published 31/07/2020
24 cm 1 volume : illustrations (black and white)
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Published in Scotland.

Islamic religious authority is conventionally understood to be an exclusively male purview.

Yet when dissected into its various manifestations-leading prayer, preaching, issuing fatwas, transmitting hadith, judging in court, teaching law, theology, and other Islamic sciences and generally shaping the Islamic scholarly tradition-nuances emerge that hint at the presence of women in the performance of some of these functions.

This collection of case studies, covering the period from classical Islam to the present, and taken from across the Shi'i Islamic world, reflects on the roles that women have played in exercising religious authority across time and space.

Comparative reflection on the case studies allows for the formulation of hypotheses regarding the conditions and developments-whether theological, jurisprudential, social, economic, or political-that enhanced or stifled the flourishing of female religious authority in Shi'i Islam.


HBJF1 Middle Eastern history, HRHP Islamic life & practice, HRHT Islamic theology, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women

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