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A History of Islam in 21 Women - Softcover

Author: Hossein Kamaly
Publisher: Oneworld
ISBN: 9781786078780 
Year: Oct 2020
Language: English
Pages: 272
Weight: 250g

Khadija was the first believer, to whom the Prophet Muhammad often turned for advice. At a time when strongmen quickly seized power from any female Muslim ruler, Arwa of Yemen reigned alone for five decades. In nineteenth-century Russia, Mukhlisa Bubi championed the rights of women and girls, and became the first Muslim woman judge in modern history. After the Gestapo took down a Resistance network in Paris, British spy Noor Inayat Khan found herself the only undercover radio operator left in that city. In this unique history, Hossein Kamaly celebrates the lives and achievements of twenty-one extraordinary women in the story of Islam, from the formative days of the religion to the present.

Beginning in seventh-century Mecca and Medina, A History of Islam in 21 Women takes us around the globe, through eleventh-century Yemen and Khorasan, and into sixteenth-century Spain, Istanbul and India. From there to nineteenth-century Persia and the African savannah, to twentieth-century Russia, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq, before arriving in present-day Europe and America.


From the first believer, Khadija, and the other women who witnessed the formative years of Islam, to award-winning architect Zaha Hadid in the twenty-first century, Hossein Kamaly celebrates the lives and groundbreaking achievements of these extraordinary women in the history of Islam.


21 Women:

1. Khadija: The First Believer
2. Fatima: Prophet Muhammad's Flesh and Blood
3. Aisha: "Get Half of Your Religion From Her"
4. Rabia al-Adawiyya: The Embarassment of Riches, and its Discontents
5. Fatima of Nishapur: Keeper of the Faith
6. Arwa of Yemen: THe Queen of Sheba Redux
7. Terken Khatun: Doing Well and Doing Good
8. Shajara'-al-Durr: Perils of Power, Between Caliphs and Mamluks
9. Sayyida al-Hurra of Tetouan
10. Pari Khanum: A Golden Link in the Safavid Chain of Command
11. Nur Jahan: Light of the World
12. Safiye Sultan: A Mother of Many Kings
13. Tajul-Alam Safiatuddin Syah: Diamonds Are Not Forever
14. Tahereh: Heroine or Heretic?
15. Nana Asmau: Jihad and Sisterhood
16. Muhlisa Bubi: Educator and Jurist
17. Halide Edip: Author of the New Turkey
18. Noor Inayat Khan: The Anxiety of Belonging
19. Umm Kulthum: Lodestar of Union
20. Zaha Hadid: Curves in Glass and Concrete
21. Maryam Mirzakhani: The Princess of Mathematics



‘In a highly readable and engaging book, Hossein Kamaly invites us to rethink the history of Islam by narrating the lives and achievements of twenty-one remarkable women, from the birth of the religion to the present. This is a much-needed corrective to conventional masculinist Muslim history.'

- Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London

‘This book takes readers on a thrilling journey into the lives of twenty-one women in Islamic history. In tightly written, lucid, and highly readable chapters, Kamaly offers an informative and rich survey of some of the key women who crafted and shaped the history of Islam from its very foundations to our modern age. This book is a rich source for any reader interested in the history of Islam, and it should be required reading in any introductory course on Muslims and their religion or culture.'

- Khaled Abou El Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law, UCLA School of Law


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