Women as Imams

Classical Islamic Sources and Modern Debates on Leading Prayer

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Critically analyses the variety of views on female prayer leadership from theologians and jurists since the foundational period of Islam to understand how this is interpreted today

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Acknowledgements
Prologue
Introduction

PART ONE: THE PAST
Chapter 1: Prayer leadership, imams and women: defining the contexts and setting the issues
Prayer and women: purity and leadership
The imam as prayer leader

Chapter 2: Women leading women
Setting the narrative context (Umm Salama)
The Hadiths on female prayer leadership in Sunni jurisprudence
Shi'i positions on female imama of women: identity, shared issues and esoteric interpretations.

Chapter 3: Women leading men
Women as leaders of men (Umm Waraqa and Ghazala)
Legal arguments on women leading men
Ibn al-'Arabi and female imama

PART TWO: THE PRESENT

Chapter 4: Present debates and Practices
Some current cases of women imams of women and of men
Contemporary arguments and debates on female imams of men
Uses of the past in contemporary debates

Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Om forfatteren

Simonetta Calderini is Reader in Islamic Studies at the University of Roehampton, London, U.K. She has also been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Oriental Institute, University of Naples, Italy and she received her PhD in Islamic Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. She is the co-author of a ground-breaking book on women in pre-modern Islam, Women and the Fatimids in the world of Islam (2006). Her numerous and acclaimed publications on female ritual authority in Islam have made her a prominent voice in scholarly and public debates on issues relevant to women and Islam worldwide. Over the years she has been the recipient of several research awards and grants (AHRC, British Academy, SMT) which have supported her in the writing of this book.