'I am, by God, fit for high positions' : on the political role of women in al-Andalus

Gully, Adrian and Mourtada-Sabbah, Nada 2003, 'I am, by God, fit for high positions' : on the political role of women in al-Andalus, British journal of Middle Eastern studies, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 183-209, doi: 10.1080/1353019032000126527.

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Title 'I am, by God, fit for high positions' : on the political role of women in al-Andalus
Author(s) Gully, Adrian
Mourtada-Sabbah, Nada
Journal name British journal of Middle Eastern studies
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 183
End page 209
Publisher British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
Place of publication Exeter, England
Publication date 2003-11
ISSN 1353-0194
Summary Narrating and explaining the fairly emancipated women in al-Andalus has been fraught with ambiguity for the approximately one century of scholarship on the subject. There has been much stereotyping depending upon the investigator's particular perspective. This paper clarifies the roles of Andalusian women in political relations from the Muslim Conquest in 711 through the fall of Granada in 1492. The interpretations used in historiography pit a traditionalist trend, in which continuity from the pre 1slamic past is stressed, against the anti-continuist trend, in which an Oriental culture of the Muslims added the distinctive features of Iberian character today. In order to evaluate the two historiographic approaches, the contributions of seven prominent women are presented and evaluated for their social contexts during the eight centuries of al-Andalus. Comparisons are then made to prominent women in other political contexts within the Arab world in order to evaluate the strength of the two competing historiographic perspectives.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1353019032000126527
Field of Research 220403 Islamic Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021492

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