Conceiving Identities: Maternity in Medieval Muslim by Kathryn M. Kueny

By Kathryn M. Kueny

Explores how medieval Muslim theologians built a feminine gender id in accordance with an awesome of maternity and the way girls contested it.

Conceiving Identities explores how medieval Muslim theologians acceptable a woman’s reproductive energy to build a feminine gender id during which maternity is a significant part. via an in depth research of 7th- via fourteenth-century exegetical works, clinical treatises, felony pronouncements, historiographies, zoologies, and different literary fabrics, this learn considers how medieval Muslim students map the feminine reproductive physique in accordance with broader, cosmological schemes to generate a woman’s function as “mother.” through shut attention of people medication and magic, this ebook additionally unearths how medieval ladies contest the conventional maternal identities imagined for them and thereby reinvent themselves as moms and Muslims. This leading edge exam of the discourse and practices surrounding maternity forges new flooring because it takes up the historic and epistemic development of medieval Muslim women’s identities.

Kathryn M. Kueny is affiliate Professor of Theology at Fordham college. She is the writer of The Rhetoric of Sobriety: Wine in Early Islam, additionally released by way of SUNY Press.

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