Women and the Advent of Islam

  title={Women and the Advent of Islam},
  author={Leila Ahmed},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={665 - 691}
  • Leila Ahmed
  • Published 1 July 1986
  • History
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Probably 'Aisha rather than Khadija should be counted the first woman of Islam. Khadija, the wealthy widow who employed Mohamad to oversee her caravan (trading between Mecca and Syria) and proposed to and married him when she was forty and he twenty-five, was already in her fifties when Mohamad received his first revelation and began to preach Islam. 'Aisha, on the other hand, was born to Muslim parents and betrothed to Mohamad when she was a child and he in his fifties and already launched on… 
From Protection to Control and Exclusion - A Sociological Reading of Purdah
The practice of the veiling of women has been exclusively associated with Islam and is persistently interpreted as being entirely repressive of women. The paper makes an examination of the origin and
Cracks in the ‘Mightiest Fortress’: Jamaat-e-Islami's Changing Discourse on Women*
  • I. Ahmad
  • Sociology
    Modern Asian Studies
  • 2008
Abstract Islamists' ideas about the position of women are readily invoked to portray them as ‘anti-modern’. The operating assumption is that Islamism (mutatis mutandis Islam) sanctions gender
Islam, Politics, and Problems of Writing Women's History in Iran
The spread of the women's movement in postrevolutionary Iran introduced research in women's history as an immediate task for Iranian social sdentists.1 This task has both academic and practical
Islam and development: opportunities and constraints for Somali women.
  • S. Ahmed
  • Political Science
    Gender and development
  • 1999
The effects of the rise of Islamic extremism on women's lives in Somalia since the early 1990s are described, which reconfirmed that the violations against Somali women's rights are culturally rooted, and that such practice continues unchecked.
The plight of women in Egyptian cinema (1940s 1960s)
It has been suggested that the period between the 1940s and the 1960s was 'the golden age' of Egyptian cinema -a period of growth, innovation and popularity. The aim of this research is to focus on
Ḥafṣa and al-Muṣḥaf: Women and the Written Qurʾān in the Early Centuries of Islam
This study examines the ways male medieval Muslim writers portrayed Ḥafṣa bt. ʿUmar b. al-Khaṭṭāb (d. 45/665) and other seventh-century women and their roles as authorities and authenticators of the
Women's rights in Islam and contemporary Ulama : limitations and constraints : Egypt as case study
There is a general notion that Islam, as a religion, looks down upon women and encourages discrimination against them. Thus, the status of Arab and Muslim women has become a controversial issue,
Female conversion to Islam: a sample analysis of medieval narratives of the prophetic age
The question of female conversion to Islam in pre-modern times has received insufficient attention in modern scholarship. This is mostly the result of the methodological problem that shrouds it. One
The Islamic Veil, the Domestic Environment, and Femininity
This study aims to determine the way that the women who define themselves as religious Muslims dress and act in a manner that evokes femininity at home. During the study, focus group interviews were
Unveiling in early twentieth century Egypt: practical and symbolic considerations
Proclaiming itself 'the mouthpiece of women', the newspaper al-'Afaf began publication in Cairo in 1910. It declared itself dedicated to improving women's condition by encouraging morality and


Women and the State in Early Islam
  • N. Abbott
  • History
    Journal of Near Eastern Studies
  • 1942
Mucdwiyah ibn Abi Sufydn, the founder of the Umayyad dynasty, while yet the governor of Syria in the reigns of cUmar and cUthman, sized up the tribal situation in that province and used it to his
Women and the State on the Eve of Islam
  • N. Abbott
  • History
    The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures
  • 1941
ing careers of the Emesan Julias and the Palmyrene Zenobia, Arab queens receded more or less into the background. Thus, for the last few centuries of the pre-Islamic period, characterized by the
Islamic Modernism: Its Scope, Method and Alternatives
The classical Muslim modernists of the nineteenth century envisaged Islamic Reform as a comprehensive venture: it took in its purview law, society, politics and intellectual, moral and spiritual
Women in Hadith Literature
  • The First Women Converts
  • 1966
Omar ibn al-Khattab
  • Encyclopedia of Islam
  • 1913
8:150; see also Abbott, Aishah
  • Rayta
The First Women Converts
Women ... on the Eve of Islam