Women in Islamic History

Some useful literature about women in Islamic history:

Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.

Amri, Nelly. La sainte de Tunis : présentation et traduction de l’hagiographie de ʻĀisha al-Mannūbiyya (m. 665/1267). Paris: Sindbad, 2008

Bewley, Aisha. Muslim Women: A Biographical Dictionary. London: Taha Publishers, 2004

Caswell, Fuad Matthew. The Slave Girls of Baghdad: the Qiyan in the Early Abbasid Era. London: I.B. Tauris, 2011

Cortese, Delia and Simonetta Calderini. Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006

Davary, Bahar. Women and the Qur’an: a Study in Islamic Hermeneutics. Lewiston: Edward Mellen Press, 2009

Dursteler, Eric. Renegade Women: Gender, Identity, and Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011

Findly, Ellison Banks. Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993

Guthrie, Shirley. Arab Women in the Middle Ages: Private Lives and Public Roles. London: Saqi Books, 2001

Hambly, Gavin R.G. Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage, and Piety. New York: St Martin’s Press, 1998.

Hammond, Marle. Beyond Elegy : Classical Arabic Women’s Poetry in Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010

Mack, Beverly and Jean Boyd. One Woman’s Jihad : Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000

Marin, Manuela. Mujeres en Al-Andalus. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 2000

Mernissi, Fatima. Women’s Rebellion and Islamic Memory. Atlantic Highlands: Zed Books, 1996.

Mourtada-Sabbah, Nada and Adrian Gully. “’I am, by God, fit for high positions’: On the Political Role of Women in Al-Andalus,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 30 (2003): 183–209.

Myrne, Pernilla. Narrative, Gender and Authority in ʻAbbāsid Literature on Women. Göteborg : University of Gothenburg, Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2010

Nadwi, Mohammad Akram. Al-Muhaddithat: the Women Scholars in Islam. Oxford: Interface Publications, 2007

Nashat, Guity and Lois Beck eds. Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003

Peirce, Leslie P. Morality Tales : Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003

Peirce, Leslie P. The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Perry, Mary Elizabeth. The Handless Maiden: Moriscos and the Politics of Religion in Early Modern Spain. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Roded, Ruth. Women in Islamic Biographical Collections. Boulder: L. Rienner Publishers, 1994.

Roded, Ruth ed. Women and Islam in the Middle East: a Reader. London/New York: I.B. Tauris, 1999

Ruggles, D. Fairchild ed. Women, Patronage, and Self-representation in Islamic Societies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000

Shatzmiller, Maya. Her Day in Court: Women’s Property Rights in Fifteenth-Century Granada. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007

Shehadeh, Lamia Rustum ed. Women and War in Lebanon. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1999

Smith, Margaret. Muslim Women Mystics: The Life and Work of Rabi’a and Other Women Mystics in Islam. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 1994

Smith, Margaret. Rabia the Mystic. Lahore: Hijra International Publishers, 1983

Sonbol, Amira El-Azhary ed. Beyond the Exotic: Women’s Histories in Islamic Societies. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005

Spectorsky, Susan. Women in Classical Islamic Law: a Survey of the Sources. Leiden: Brill, 2010

Spellberg, Denise. Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past : The Legacy of ʻAʼisha bint Abi Bakr. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994

Thys-Senocak, Lucienne. Ottoman Women Builders: The Architectural Patronage of Hadice Turhan Sultan. London: Ashgate, 2006.

Tucker, Judith. In the House of the Law: Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998

Tucker, Judith. Women in Nineteenth-Century Egypt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985

Yermolenko, Galina. “Roxolana: The Greatest Empresse of the East,” Muslim World 95 (2005): 231–248.

Zilfi, Madeline ed. Women in the Ottoman Empire : Middle Eastern Women in the Early Modern Era. Leiden: Brill, 2007


4 thoughts on “Women in Islamic History

  1. Pingback: 15 Important Muslim Women in History | Ballandalus

  2. This, along with your post about the 15 important women has proved to be very helpful in writing a paper about the contributions of Muslim women in Al-andalus. Thank you!

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