Muslim Women in Law and Society
Annotated translation of al-Tahir al-Haddad’s Imra ‘tuna fi ‘l-sharia wa ‘l-mujtama, with an introduction.
Translated by Ronak Husni, Daniel L. Newman
Routledge – 2008 – 218 pages
An extremely timely translation of a seminal text on the role of women in Muslim society by the early twentieth century thinker al Taher al-Haddad. Considered as one of the first feminist works in Arab literature, this book will be of considerable interest to scholars of an early "feminist" tract coming from a Muslim in Arab society. Awarded the 2008 "World Award of the President of the Republic of Tunisia for Islamic Studies"
' Haddad assumes a reader who is familiar with the terms and concepts of the Islamic tradition. The translators make sure, however, that the non-expert is not left without guidance. Indeed, one of the particularly impressive aspects of this translation is the notes, which carefully explain all important disciplinary terms as well as provide biographies of important figures both medieval and modern. On the whole, Husni and Newman present Eadd:d’s important contribution in a way that is accessible and thought-provoking to both specialists and novices.' -Hina Azam, University of Texas, Journal of Islamic Studies 2009
Introduction Part 1: The Law 1. Women in Islam 2. Marriage in Islam 3. Prior to divorce 4. Islamic scholars' views on woman and marriage Part 2: Woman in Muslim Society 5. Educating girls to be wives and mothers 6. The Authority in the Household 7. Scenes from Married life 8. Official education for Muslim girls In Conclusion Bibliography
Ronak Husni is currently a Senior Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University. She specializes in Arabic language, and Literature and has taught Arabic grammar, translation and Modern Literature in various Universities in Iraq and UK.
Daniel L. Newman is Professor of Arabic and Course Director of the MA in Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting at the University of Durham, UK. His research interests include Linguistics and Arab and Islamic reformism in the early Modern Period.