Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5603
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Halevi , Leor.
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  • Title: Wailing for the Dead: The Role of Women in Early Islamic Funerals [This article concerns Muslim reactions to a woman's ritual, wailing for the dead. Halevi contrasts the approach to the ritual of eighth-century Islamic religious authorities of Medina, a city in Arabia, with those of Kufa, a garrison city in Mesopotamia. He argues that the Sunni pietists of Kufa, prompted by an acute anxiety about women mixing with men, found new ways to restrict women's sphere of action. Their restrictions differed from the prevailing traditions about women's participation in Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian funerals, and thus formed part of a new ideology of gender dominance. Abstract submitted to Feminae by the author.].
  • Source: Past and Present 183, (May 2004): Pages 3 - 39.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Death Funerals Mourning Ritual Women's Status
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  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
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  • Author's Affiliation: Texas A&M University
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00312746