Transmitting Sunni learning in Fatimid Egypt: the female voices

Cortese, Delia ORCID: (2017) Transmitting Sunni learning in Fatimid Egypt: the female voices. In: The Fatimid Caliphate: Diversity of Traditions. Daftary, Farhad and Jiwa, Shainool, eds. I. B. Tauris, London, pp. 164-191. ISBN 9781788311335, e-ISBN 9781786723093, e-ISBN 9781786733092. [Book Section]

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In this chapter I propose to investigate the contribution of women as transmitters of Sunnī learning in Egypt under the Fāṭimids as part of a broader project I am conducting on the intellectual history of Sunnism in Fāṭimid Egypt. This study attempts to charter the careers of prominent 6th/12th century female figures such as Zaynab bint ‘Awf and Khadīja bint al-Silafī who were active in Alexandria, but also lesser known female transmitters who came to prominence in Fusṭāṭ in the 4th/10th and 5th/11th centuries.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Translated in Arabic in the volume: R. Faraj (ed.), Women and Religious Knowledge in Islam, Dubai: al-Mesbar Publications, 2018
Research Areas: A. > Perspectives in Religion group
Item ID: 24249
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 10:24
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2019 17:25

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