Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past
In this extraordinary study, D. A. Spellberg examines the life of ‘A’isha bint Abi Bakr, Muhammad’s most beloved and controversial wife, and a central figure in Islamic cultural history. Instead of employing the traditional chronological technique of the biographer, however, Spellberg uses ‘A’isha as a lens through which to examine the place of women in Islamic societies.
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In my experience, this is one of the few good books on the market that thouroughly examines the place that women held during the tenure of the Prophet and dispels the belief that women in Islam are merely second class citizens, as evidenced by the importance of Aisha in both political and cultural terms.
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