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Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521045803

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  • High rates of divorce, often taken to be a modern and western phenomenon, were also typical of medieval Islamic societies. By pitting these high rates of divorce against the Islamic ideal of marriage,Yossef Rapoport radically challenges usual assumptions about the legal inferiority of Muslim women and their economic dependence on men. He argues that marriages in late medieval Cairo, Damascus and Jerusalem had little in common with the patriarchal models advocated by jurists and moralists. The transmission of dowries, women's access to waged labour, and the strict separation of property between spouses made divorce easy and normative, initiated by wives as often as by their husbands. This carefully researched work of social history is interwoven with intimate accounts of individual medieval lives, making for a truly compelling read. It will be of interest to scholars of all disciplines concerned with the history of women and gender in Islam.

    • This study is on divorce in pre-modern Islam
    • Sheds light on gender relations and women's economic and legal independence in medieval Muslim societies
    • Uses a wide range of documentary, legal and literary sources
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    '… Rapoport's study is a valuable and most welcome contribution to the literature on medieval Mamlūk society, especially with regard to the position of women in a patrilineal and patriarchal society.' Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

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    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521045803
    • length: 156 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.24kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Glossary
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. Marriage, divorce and the gender division of property
    2. Working women, single women and the rise of the female ribāt
    3. The monetization of marriage
    4. Divorce, repudiation and settlement
    5. Repudiation as public power
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Yossef Rapoport, University of Oxford
    Yossef Rapoport is an associate member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.

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