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Muslim Women were respected as scholars, jurists, teachers & &

Muslim Women were respected as scholars, jurists, teachers, mothers, wives and daughters

Understanding the role of women in Islamic society, their past achievement & future potential.

Women-scholars wielded positive influence upon the general public, the ruling class & male scholars of their time

These are the women about whom the parents should be telling their young girls, so they have the right role models.

Nothing has received more vilification from commentators & writers than the issue of Islam's view on women

Islam has raised the status of women from below the earth to so high that paradise lies at her feet. -

Those who harm believing men and believing women undeservedly, bear the guilt of slander and clear sin . { Qur'an, Al Ahzab}


Al-Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars in Islam - 2nd Revised Edition

By Muhammad Akram Nadwi  
Paperback 336 Pages
Size : 13.8 × 21.3 cm
ISBN : 9780955454547
Publisher : Interface Publications Oxford, UK

Including Maps, Charts & Illustrations

About The Book

This book is an adaptation of the Muqaddimah or Preface to Mohammad Akram’s 40-volume biographical dictionary (in Arabic) of the Muslim women who studied and taught hadith. It demonstrates the central role women had in preserving the Prophet’s teaching, which remains the master-guide to understanding the Qur'an as rules and norms for life.

Within the bounds of modesty in dress and manners, women routinely attended and gave classes in the major mosques and madrasas, travelled intensively for ‘the knowledge’, transmitted and critiqued hadith, issued fatwas, etc. Some of the most renowned scholars among men have depended on, and praised, the scholarship of their women teachers. The women scholars enjoyed considerable public authority in society, not exceptionally, but as the norm.

The huge body of information reviewed in al-Muhaddithat is essential to understanding the role of women in Islamic society, their past achievement and future potential. Hitherto it has been so dispersed as to be ‘hidden’. Akram’s dictionary will greatly facilitate further study, contextualization and analysis.

The cover shows the study journeys of Fatimah bint Sa`d al-Khayr, and a few of her principal teachers and students. Her family moved from Valencia to the western edge of China; she died in Cairo in 600 AH. (Full map and details in ch. 3.)

About The Author

Mohammad Akram Nadwi  currently a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, is an alumnus of the prestigious Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow. He has written many books on hadith, fiqh, Islamic biography, and Arabic grammar. This is his first major publication in English.

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