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Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice

Marion Katz


Juxtaposing Muslim scholars' debates over women's attendance in mosques with historical descriptions of women's activities within Middle Eastern and North African mosques, this book shows how over the centuries legal scholars' arguments have often reacted to rather than dictated Muslim women's behavior. Tracing Sunni legal positions on women in mosques from the second century of the Islamic calendar to the modern period, the text connects shifts in scholarly terminology and argumentation to changing constructions of gender. Over time, assumptions about women's changing behavior through the lif ... More

Keywords: mosques, Muslim women, Sunni legal positions, women in mosques, gender, women's mosque access, women's mosque attendance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162661
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marion Katz, author