ISLA 210 Lecture 3: Discussion.Ahmed

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Department
Islamic Studies
Course Code
ISLA 210
Professor
Malek Abisaab

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Discussion Sept. 27, 2017
1. What was the impact of the political-military organizations of Islamic societies (under the
Umayyad [661-750 and Abbasid dynasties [750-1258]) on gender relations and status of
women?
2. Ahmed argues that because practices that debased women were adopted by the ruling
culture and class, they came to be treated over the centuries, as inherent to Islam and its
message. Explain.
In abbasid society women were conspicuous for their absence from all arenas of the community’s
central affairs. In the records relating to this period they are not to be found, as they were in the
previous era, either on battlefield or in mosques, nor are they described as participants in or key
contributors to the cultural life and productions of their society. Henceforth, women of the elite
and bourgeois classes would live out their lives in seclusion, guarded by eunuchs if wealthy.
My aim here is to draw together the available information on women’s lives in the period
subsequent to the establishment of Islam and to the consolidation of its founding institutions and
the articulation of its dominant discourses. The focus here, geographically and with respect to the
specific time-period, is largely determined by the availability of information. Thus the societies
focused on are primarily those of Egypt, Turkey, and Syria and the sources and research drawn
on relate chiefly to the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries (the Mamluk and Ottoman
periods). The lives of women in these regions and periods.
3. Discuss how Islam was perceived by the Qarmatians and the Sufis?
4. How does Ahmed treat the relationship of class and women with reference to the
Mamluks (1250-1517) and the Ottomans (1517-1918)?
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Discussion Sept. 27, 2017 1. What was the impact of the political-military organizations of Islamic societies (under the Umayyad [661-750 andAbbasid dynasties [750-1258]) on gender relations and status of women? 2. Ahmed argues that because practices that debased women were adopted by the ruling culture and class, they came to be treated over the centuries, as inherent to Islam and its message. Explain. In abbasid society women were conspicuous for their absence from all arenas of the communitys central affairs. In the records relating to this period they are not to be found, as they were in the previous era, either on battlefield or in mosques, nor are they described as participants in or key contributors to the cultural life and productions of their society. Henceforth, women of the elite and bourgeois classes would liv
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