Women in Islamic societies are often seen as a hidden and homogenous group. The volumes in this set, originally published between 1960 and 1983, explore the wide variety of women’s roles in a range of Islamic societies, from Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Kurdistan to Malaysia, West Africa, Iran and Turkey. Due to their anthropological focus, each book pays particular attention to the everyday lives of women in these regions, including their agency and power within their own communities. The titles also explore women’s changing roles in the modernising Muslim world of the 20th century.
This set will be of interest to those studying women, gender, Islam and anthropology.
Women in Islamic Societies
The Women of the United Arab Emirates
March 06, 2018
First published in 1983, this edited collection is based on contributions at a Scandinavian symposium on the place of women in Islamic society. It offers perspectives which illuminate our understanding of social relationships and structures pertaining to a vast number of the world’s population...
Henry Harold Hansen
February 20, 2018
In 1957, Henny Harald Hansen, the first Danish female anthropologist, was invited to take part in an archaeological expedition to the site of the projected Dokan Dam on the Little Zab river in Northern Iraq. Although her responsibilities were originally ethnological, she became the guest first of...
Linda Usra Soffan
December 12, 2017
First published in 1980, this book looks at the factors which influenced the position held by women in the United Arab Emirates in the second half of the 20th century. It argues that Islamic Law has granted women rights and privileges in the spheres of family life, marriage, education and economic...
December 12, 2017
In Yemen, where current poverty is combined with a rich cultural heritage, the distinctions between the traditional and the modern are particularly difficult. First published in 1979, this is a study of social change as experienced and perceived by the women of San’a, the capital city of North...
September 08, 2016
Women in Islamic societies are often seen as a hidden and homogenous group. The volumes in this set, originally published between 1960 and 1983, explore the wide variety of women’s roles in a range of Islamic societies, from Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Kurdistan to Malaysia, West Africa,...