Islam and Gender: the Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran
- List Price: $70.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Princeton University Press
- Publish date: 11/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780691058153
- ISBN10: 0691058156
Mir-Hosseini finds three main approaches to the issue: insistence on "traditional" patriarchal interpretations based on "complementarity" but "inequality" between women and men; attempts to introduce "balance" into traditional interpretations; or a radical rethinking of the jurisprudential constructions of gender. She introduces the debates among the commentators by examining key passages in both written and oral texts and by narrating her meetings and discussions with the authors. Unique in its approach and its subject macac the book relates Mir-Hosseini's engagement, as a Muslim woman and a social anthropologist educated arc working in the West, with Shi'i Muslim thinkers of various backgrounds and views. In the literature on women in Islam, there is no account of such a face-to-face encounter, either between religion and gender politics or between the two genders.