This first full-length study of women and the Fatimids is a groundbreaking work investigating an unexplored area in the field of Islamic and medieval studies.
The authors have unearthed a wealth of references to women, thus re-inscribing their role in the history of one of the most fascinating Islamic dynasties, the only one to be named after a woman. At last some light is thrown on the erstwhile silent and shadowy figures of women under the Fatimids which gives them a presence in the history of women in medieval and pre-modern dynasties.
Basing their research on a variety of sources from historical works to chronicles, official correspondence, documentary sources and archaeological findings, the authors have provided a richly informative analysis of the status and influence of women in this period. Their contribution is explored first within the context of Isma'ili and Fatimid genealogical history, and then within the courts in their roles as mothers, courtesans, wives and daughters, and as workers and servants. Throughout the book comparison is drawn with the status and roles of women in earlier, contemporary and subsequent Islamic as well as non-Islamic courts.
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Delia Cortese is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Middlesex University. She is the author of Arabic Ismaili Manuscripts (I. B. Tauris, 2002), Ismaili and Other Arabic Manuscripts (I. B. Tauris, 2000) and (with Simonetta Calderini) Mauritania (Clio Press, 1992).
Simonetta Calderini is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Roehampton University, London, and is the author of several articles and chapters on medieval Ismaili and Islamic studies. She recently contributed to the volume by Petr Fiala et al: Religious and Political Authority in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (CDK, 2004), and to J. D. McAuliffe (ed.): Encyclopedia of the Qur'an (2003).
[An] excellent addition to the scholarship of both medieval Islamic history and gender history... Highly recommended.(Choice)
This book reflects a major contribution to the field of Ismaili studies, dealing with a hitherto neglected area... [the authors] write in a highly accessible style without compromising academic standards.(Dr Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)
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Descrizione libro Edinburgh University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0748617329
Descrizione libro Edinburgh University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0748617329