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Women in Classical Islamic Law: A Survey of the Sources

Drawing on legal and ḥadīth texts from the formative and classical periods of Islamic legal history, this book offers an overview of the development of the questions prominent jurists asked and answered about women’s issues.

All assumed a woman would marry and thus the book concentrates on women’s family life.  The introduction establishes the historical framework within which the jurists worked. A chapter on Qurʾān verses devoted to women’s lives is followed by chapters on marriage and divorce which compare the views of jurists during the formative period. The fourth chapter describes the evolution from the formative to the classical periods. The fifth uses material from both periods to describe the array of legal opinion about other aspects of women’s lives in and outside their homes. Throughout, jurists’ opinions are juxtaposed with relevant quotations from contemporaneous ḥadīth collections.

About the Author

Susan A. Spectorsky, Ph.D. (1974) in Middle East Languages, Columbia University, is Associate Professor Emerita of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Queens College, City University of New York. She has published on early Islamic Law and is the author of Chapters on Marriage and Divorce: Responses of Ibn Ḥanbal and Ibn Rāhwayh (Austin, 1993).

Bibliographic Information

Title: Women in Classical Islamic Law: A Survey of the Sources

Author(s): Susan A. Spectorsky

Publisher: ‎BRILL

Length: 223 pages

ISBN: 978-9004211513

Pub. Date: November 1, 2011

Women in Classical Islamic Law

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