My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam

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Bloomsbury Academic, Feb 25, 2003 - Religion - 194 pages
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An internationally acclaimed scholar, who has dedicated more than fifty years of her life to understanding the Islamic world.Annemarie Schimmel examines a much-misunderstood feature of Islam: the role of women. Schimmel is critical of those--especially Western feminists--who take Islam to task without taking the time to comprehend the cultures, language, and traditions of the many societies in which Islam is the majority religion.Shattering stereotypes, Schimmel reconstructs an important but little-known chapter of Islamic spirituality. With copius examples, she shows the clear equality of women and meni nthe conception of the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, the feminine language of the mystical tradition, and the role of holy mothers and unmarried women as manifestations of God.This work is studded with luminous texts from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and particularly Indo-Muslim cultures, which reveal how physical love can give expression to the highest forms of mysticism.

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This scholarly but extremely readable book documents the historical and textual role of the feminine in Islamic spirituality. Schimmel does a great job of handling Quranic texts as well as folk poetry ... Read full review

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Annemarie Schimmel was for many years a Professor of Indo-Muslim Culture at Harvard University and before that Professor of Islamic Studies at Ankara and Bonn. In 1995, she was the recipient of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

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