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Author Mir-Hosseini, Ziba.

Title Islam and gender : the religious debate in contemporary Iran / Ziba Mir-Hosseini.

Imprint Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  305.4095 M671I    Check Shelf
Description xxiv, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Series Princeton studies in Muslim politics
Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Gender in Islam: The Need for Clarity -- Perspectives on Women in Post-Revolutionary Iran -- Narrative and Debate in Ethnographic Writing -- Religious Authority and Knowledge in Post-Revolutionary Iran -- Ethnography of Gender Debates in Qom: The Organization of the Book -- The Traditionalists: Gender Inequality -- Introduction to Part One -- Women Ignored: Grand Ayatollah Madani -- "The Way of Rulings on Marriage and Divorce" -- "Newly Created Problems" -- Ayatollah Madani in 1997 -- Women Politicized: Ayatollah Azari-Qomi -- "Women's Image in the Islamic Order" -- "The Personality of Woman in Comparison to Man" -- "Duties of Wives and Husbands toward Each Other" -- The "Culture of Hejab" -- "Response to Your Questions" -- Ayatollah Azari-Qomi in 1997 -- The Neo-Traditionalists: Gender Balance -- Introduction to Part Two -- Women Represented: Discussions with Payam-e Zan -- The Discussion Begins -- A Visit to the Shrine in Qom -- Equality or Balance: Redefining Gender Notions in the Shari'a -- The Second Session with Payam-e Zan -- Women Reconsidered: Ayatollah Yusef Sane'i -- Discussion with Ayatollah Sane'i -- After the Meeting -- Agreeing to Differ: Final Meeting with Payam-e Zan -- The Final Session -- A Second Visit to the Shrine -- Payam-e Zan in 1997 -- The Modernists: Toward Gender Equality -- Introduction to Part Three -- Challenges and Complicities: Abdolkarim Sorush and Gender -- Sorush's Lectures on Women -- Sorush in London -- Gender Equality and Islamic Jurisprudence: The Work of Hojjat ol-Eslam Sa'idzadeh.
Summary Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the re-introduction of Sharica law relating to gender and the family, women's rights in Iran suffered a major setback. However, as the implementers of the law have faced the social realities of women's lives and aspirations, positive changes have gradually come about. Here Ziba Mir-Hosseini takes us to the heart of the growing debates concerning the ways in which justice for women should be achieved. Through a series of lively interviews with clerics in the Iranian religious center of Qom, she seeks to understand the varying notions of gender that inform Islamic jurisprudence and to explore how clerics today perpetuate and modify these notions. Mir-Hosseini finds three main approaches to the issue: insistence on "traditional" patriarchal interpretations based on "complementarity" but "inequality" between women and men; attempts to introduce "balance" into traditional interpretations; or a radical rethinking of the jurisprudential constructions of gender. She introduces the debates among the commentators by examining key passages in both written and oral texts and by narrating her meetings and discussions with the authors. Unique in its approach and its subject matter, the book relates Mir-Hosseini's engagement, as a Muslim woman and a social anthropologist educated and working in the West, with Shii'i Muslim thinkers of various backgrounds and views. In the literature on women in Islam, there is no account of such a face-to-face encounter, either between religion and gender politics or between the two genders. --
Subject Women -- Iran.
Muslim women -- Iran.
Women in Islam -- Iran.
Women's rights -- Iran.
Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Shīʻah -- Doctrines.
Femmes -- Iran
Musulmanes -- Iran
Femmes dans l'Islam -- Iran
Femmes -- Droits -- Iran
Femmes -- Droits -- Aspect religieux -- Islam
Chiisme -- Doctrines
11.80 Islam: general. (NL-LeOCL)077594533
Muslim women. (OCoLC)fst01030996
Shīʻah -- Doctrines. (OCoLC)fst01117948
Women. (OCoLC)fst01176568
Women in Islam. (OCoLC)fst01177797
Women's rights. (OCoLC)fst01178818
Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam. (OCoLC)fst01178834
Iran. (OCoLC)fst01204889
Frau (DE-588)4018202-2
Geschlechterrolle (DE-588)4071776-8
Islam (DE-588)4027743-4
Iran (DE-588)4027653-3
Musulmanes -- Iran.
Femmes dans l'islam -- Iran.
Femmes -- Iran.
Indexed Term Mujeres Irán.
Derechos de la mujer Aspectos religiosos Islam.
Shi̋àh Doctrinas.
ISBN 0691058156 (cl ; alk. paper)
9780691058153 (cl ; alk. paper)
0691010048 (pb ; alk. paper)
9780691010045 (pb ; alk. paper)
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