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Muslim Women: A Biographical Dictionary Women throughout Islamic history from the first century A.H. to roughly the middle of the thirteenth century A.H. (Hijri).
Accessing Muslim Lives About improving the accessibility of autobiographical writings from Muslim contexts through translation and digitization so that they may be better used for teaching and learning, particularly in higher education. This internet-based collection of primary source extracts gives access to the wide array of Muslim lives – both male and female, historical and contemporary – represented in these autobiographies. The authors range from scholars, saints and socio-religious reformers to princes, bureaucrats, nationalists, educators, writers and actors. Based at Loughborough University [UK] and sponsored by the Islamic Studies Network of the Higher Education Academy.
Women’s Autobiography in Islamic Societies. About improving the accessibility of autobiographical writings from Muslim contexts through translation and digitisation so that they may be better used for teaching and learning, particularly in higher education. Through this internet-based collection of primary source extracts, students, practitioners and the general public alike are given access to the wide array of Muslim lives – both male and female, historical and contemporary – represented in these autobiographies. The authors range from scholars, saints and socio-religious reformers to princes, bureaucrats, nationalists, educators, writers and actors.
"Who is She in Egypt" is a database of distinguished Egyptian women experts. It provides Arabic and English profiles on outstanding Egyptian Women in their particular field. The database aims at raising awareness among the society that there are expert and competent Egyptian Women in all fields of life. It is designed to be a reference to organizations, researchers, activists, media practitioners and all the users who want to find an Egyptian woman expert in a particular field..."
"The Who Is She in Lebanon is an online database with profiles of prominent contemporary Lebanese women. This project started in 2008 following a bilateral partnership between the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and KVINFO, the Danish Centre for Information on Women and Gender, a grant-maintained self-governing institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture in Denmark... "
Bennett, Clinton Muslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics, and Culture In Islam. London: Continuum, 2010. Women leaders: Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan; Khaleda Zia and Bangladesh; Tansu Çiller and Turkey; Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh; Megawati Sukarnoputri and Indonesia; Conclusion : gender, politics and culture in Islam.
Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World /by 13 Muslim women in history who have lived extraordinary lives and influenced their communities in a positive way, often overcoming extreme hardship and inaccurate stereotypes that have been placed on the role of women in Islam.
Arab women writers: a critical reference guide, 1873-1999 / By Radwa Ashour, Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul, Hasna Reda-Mekdashi (Google Books) Arab women's writing in the modern age began with 'A'isha al-Taymuriya, Warda al-Yaziji, Zaynab Fawwaz, and other nineteenth-century pioneers in Egypt and the Levant. This unique study-first published in Arabic in 2004-looks at the work of those pioneers and then traces the development of Arab women's literature through the end of the twentieth century, and also includes a meticulously researched, comprehensive bibliography of writing by Arab women.
Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Ed. Anne Commire. 17 volumes. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications, 1999-2002. (Olin Reference HQ 1115 .W6x 1999). Entries on over 10,000 individual women from all historical eras. Extensive genealogical charts and an index.
Al-Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars in Islam. 2013 / by Paperback, 336 pages.Published 2007 by Interface Publications
Olin Library BP136.485 .N33 2007This book is an adaptation in English of the prefatory volume of a 40-volume biographical dictionary (in Arabic) of women scholars of the Prophet s hadith. Learned women enjoyed high public standing and authority in the formative years of Islam. For centuries thereafter, women travelled intensively for religious knowledge and routinely attended the most prestigious mosques and madrasas across the Islamic world. Typical documents (like class registers and ijazahs from women authorizing men to teach) and the glowing testimonies about their women teachers from the most revered ulema are cited in detail. An overview chapter, with accompanying maps, traces the spread of centres of hadith learning for women, and their eventual decline. The information summarized here is essential to a balanced appreciation of the role of women in Islamic society.
Women in the Middle East and North Africa: A Bibliography. (Two volumes) [Middle East Abstracts & Index. Volume 20E(i-ii).] Revised with an updated introduction and subject-corporate-named persons index. Seattle, Wash.: Reference Corp., 2007. (Viii+776p., ii+693p.)
The area of coverage of Women in the Middle East & North Africa bibliography is: Afghanistan, 217 records; Algeria, 92 records; Bahrain, 18 records; Cyprus, 26 records; Egypt, 245 records; Iran, 143 records; Iraq: 297 records; Israel-Palestine (including the Gaza Strip and West Bank), 1333 records; Jordan, 58 records; Kuwait, 42 records; Lebanon, 84 records; Libya, 20 records; Morocco, 43 records; Oman, 27 records; Qatar, 12 records; Saudi Arabia, 69 records; Syria, 46 records; Tunisia, 20 records; Turkey, 106 records; United Arab Emirates (UAE), 28 records; Yemen, 124 records; and General Middle East and North Africa, 75 records.
Women In Islamic Societies: A Selected Review Of Social Scientiﬁc Literature. A Report Prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress under an Interagency Agreement with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence/National Intelligence Council (ODNI/ADDNIA/NIC) and Central Intelligence Agency/Directorate of Science & Technology, November 2005.
The Study of Women in Islam and the West / by Y HADDAD - 2005. “This bibliography sets out to explore the topics that Muslim women in the West reflected on and researched as they joined the institutions of higher learning and began to have an input in the creation of knowledge. It also attempts to gather the available information about the experiences of Muslim women and surveys the available literature in English on Muslim women living in the West. While Muslim women have been professionally active in many fields, the bibliography is focused primarily on the production of knowledge by professors in the humanities and the social sciences and their contribution to our understanding of the debates about the women of Islam.”—Abstract.
List of books and articles about Women in Islam "Discover librarian-selected research resources on Women in Islam from the Questia."
Amrouche, Fadhma: My life story: The autobiography of a Berber woman
Messaoudi, Khalida: Unbowed: An Algerian woman confronts Islamic Fundamentalism
Sebbar, Leila: An Algerian Childhood
Abouzeid, Leila (morocco): Return to Childhood
The Year of the Elephant (biog)
Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1994
Colonial Histories, Post-Colonial Memories: The Legend of the Kahina, A
North African Heroine Abdelmajid Hannoum
Shaarawi, Huda: Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist
El Saadawi, Nawal: Memoirs from the Women's Prison (contemporary)
A Daughter of Isis, transl. Sherif Hetata
Kanafani, Fay Afaf: Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab woman
Leila Ahmed: A Border Passage
Khul-Khaal: Five Egyptian Women Tell Their Stories by Nayra Atiya
Asmahan's Secrets: Woman, War and Song Sherifa Zuhur [feminist reading of the experience of a popular Egyptian singer]
Daughter of Damascas by Sirhan Tergeman, by Siham Tergaman
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of Texas
May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt Marilyn Booth
Daughters of the Nile: Photographs of Egyptian Women's Movements, 1900-1960 Hind Wassef and Nadia Wassef, Eds
Ancient Egyptian Dances Irena Lexova
Changed Identities: The Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia
May Yamani [published in England, 2000]
Tales Arab Women Tell and the Behavioral Patterns They Portray Hasan
In the House of Silence: Autobiographical Essays by Arab Women Writers, edited by Fadia Faqir
Auto/Biography and the Construction of Identity and Community in the Middle East. Mary Ann Fay, Ed.
4. there is a newish translation of Fadwa Tuqan's book Rihla Jabalia, Rihla Saaba (A Mountainous Journey, A Difficult Journey).
Women in Muslim Societies: Diversity within Unity
Herbert L. Bodman and Nayereh Tohidi, Eds.
Cosmopolitanism, Identity and Authenticity in the Middle East. Roel Meijer, Ed.
The Predicament of the Individual in the Middle East Hazim Saghie,
Najmabadi, Afsaneh. Women’s Autobiographies in Contemporary Iran (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1990) Faqir, Fadia (intro and ed.) In the House of Silence: Autobiographical Essays by Arab Women Writers (Reading: Garnet Publishing, 1998). *Moufida Tlatli, Director. Samt al-qusur/Les Silences du Palais (Tunisia, France, 1994) -- an excellent autobiographical film. *Kanafani, Fay.A. Afaf Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman. (Armonk, NY: The Maple Press, 1999) Serene Husseini Shahid, Jerusalem Memories, ed. Jean Said Makdisi and introduced by Edward Said (Beirut: Naufal, 2000). .). Tergeman, Sihan. Daughter of Damascus: A Memoir. ed. Andrea Rugh. University of Texas Press, 1994 (orig. publ. 1978). Raymonda Tawil (1940-, My Home, My Prison eila Khaled, My People Shall Live: The Autobiography of a Revolutionary ed. George Hajjar. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1973. cf. Abu Ayad ) Jihan Sadat, A Woman of Egypt cf. Sadat, Anwar. Revolt on the Nile cf. Sadat, Anwar. In Search of Identity Al-Sadat, Camelia. My Father and I (1985) cf. Yael Dayan Hanan M. Ashrawi, This Side of Peace: A Personal Account NY: Simon and Schuster, 1995.. Rabab Hadi, “The Feminist Behind the Spokeswoman -- A Candid Talk with Hanan Ashrawi,” Ms. 14-17 March/April 1992. Malti-Douglas, Fedwa. A Woman and Her Sufis. Georgetown University: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Occasional Papers, 1995) on Kariman Hamza, Rihlati min al-Sufur ila al-Hijab (spiritual saga of Egyptian television personality) Malti-Douglas, Fedwa. “A Literature of Islamic Revival?: The Autobiography of Shaykh Kishk,” in Cultural Transitions: The Articulation of Religious and Secular Discourses in the Middle East, ed. Serif Mardin (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994), pp. 116-129. Ghazali, Zaynab. Ayyam min hayati Cooke, Miriam. “Zaynab al-Ghazali: Saint or Subversive?” Die Welt des Islams 34 (1994) 1-20. ? Qutb, Sayyid, (1903-1966) "Milestones", an English translation by Ahmad Zaki Hammad of "Signposts along the Way," (Beirut : Holy Koran
Pub. House, 1978 (1398) JMS BP 163 Q83 1052055
El-Saadawi, Nawal. A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi trans. Sherif Hetata (London: Zed, 1999) El Saadawi Memoirs of a Woman Doctor (Eng 1988) El Saadawi Memoirs from the Women’s Prison (Eng 1987) Malti-Douglas, Fedwa. “Nawal al-Sa’dawi and the Escape . . .,” “Nawal al-Sa’adawi and Empowerment,” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Word (Princeton,
Leila Abouzeid, Return to Childhood: The Memoir of a Moroccan Woman Liat Kozma, "Remembrance of Things Past: Leila Abouzeid and Moroccan National History" Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society 6 (Fall 1999): 388-406. *Leila Ahmed, A border passage: a woman's journey, which tells about her life in Egypt and studies and work later on. Cf. Edward Said, Latifa Zayyat, The Search: Personal Papers, trans. Sophie Bennett
(London: Quartet Books, 1996)
Hannah Davis Taieb, “The Girl Who Found Refuge in the People: The Autobiography of Latifa Zayyat,” Journal of Arabic Literature 29 (1998): 202-214. Djebar, Assia. Fantasia + Sister of Scheherazade
Mariama Ba, So long a letter/une si longue lettre
Ahmed, Leila. A Border Passage.
Abou Zeid, Leila. The Year of the Elephant.
al-Amir, Daisy. The Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of Alienation.
Amrouche, Fadhma. My Life Story.
Attar, Samar. Lina: Portrait of a Damascene Girl.
Badr, Liana. The Eye of the Mirror.
El-Saadawi, Nawal. Memoirs from the Women's Prison.
Esfandiari, Haleh. Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic
*Farah, Najwa Kawar. A Continent Called Palestine.
Husseini, Serene Shahid. Jerusalem Memories.
Kanafani, Fay Afaf. Nadia: Captive of Hope.
Karmi, Ghada. In Search of Fatima.
Khaled, Leila. My People Shall Live: Autobiography of a Revolutionary.
Kordi, Gohar. An Iranian Odyssey.
Makdisi, Jean. Beirut Fragments.
Makdisi, Jean. Teta, Mother and Me.
Mernissi, Fatima. Dreams of Trespass.
Messoudi, Khalida. Unbowed: An Algerian Women Confronts Islamic
Nelson, Cynthia. Doria Shafik, Egyptian Feminist.
*Sakakini, Hala. Jerusalem and I: A Personal Record. (available on Ohiolink
but only in one library. I have a copy.)
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis II. (The first Persepolis is not on the list
because we are already reading it in class.)
Serageldin, Samia.The Cairo House.
al-Shaykh, Hanan. The Story of Zahra.
al-Shaykh, Hanan. Beirut Blues.
Sha`rawi, Huda. Harem Years.
Soueif, Ahdaf. The Map of Love.
Tabbar, Lina Mikdadi. Survival in Beirut.
Tuqan, Fadwa. A Mountainous Journey.
*Younes, Imam Humaydan. B as in Beirut. (available on Ohiolink but only in
one library. I have a copy.)
al-Zayyat, Latifa. The Open Door.
Zuhur, Sherifa. Asmahan: Woman, War, and Song.
SOME MEMOIRS BY ARAB WOMEN, AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
Written originally in English:
Fay Afaf Kanafani, Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman (London: ME Sharpe, 2000)
Mai Ghoussoub, Leaving Beirut: Women and the War Within (London: Saqi, 1998)
Leila Ahmed, A Border Passage: From Cairo to America – A woman’s journey (New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 1999).
Leila Khaled’s My People Shall Live: The Autobiography of a Revolutionary (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1973).
Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1994). [Mernissi says this is a narrative taken from lives of others as well as her own; not strictly an autobiography]
Jean Said Maqdisi, Beirut Fragments: A War Memoir (New York: Persea Books, 1990).
Suheir Hammad, Drops of this Story (New York and London: Harlem River Press, 1996). [Arab-American poet]. Evelyne Accad, The Wounded Breast: Intimate Journeys through Cancer (North Melbourne: Spinifex, 2001).
Samia Serageldin, The Cairo House (Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2000?).
Written originally in Arabic:
Nawal El Saadawi, A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, trans. Sherif Hetata (London: Zed Books, 1999).
Nawal El Saadawi, Memoirs from the Women’s Prison, trans. Marilyn Booth (London: The Women’s Press, 1986, 1991; Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1994).
Fadwa Tuqan, A Mountainous Journey: A Poet’s Autobiography, trans. Olive Kenny (Saint Paul: Graywolf, 1990).
Latifa al-Zayyat, The Search: Personal Papers ar. 1992
Huda Shaarawi, Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, trans. and intro. Margot Badran (London: Virago, 1986). [memoirs of a feminist of an earlier generation]
Siham Tergeman, Daughter of Damascus, English version and Introduction by Andrea Rugh (Austin: Center for Middle East Studies, University of Texas, 1994).
Joanna Kadi, ed., Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists (Boston: South End Press, 1994).
Suad Joseph, ed., Intimate Selving in Arab Families: Gender, Self, and Identity (Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 1999), Part I, “Intimate Selving as a Part of Biography and Autobiography in Arab Families.”
Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition, ed by Dwight Reynolds, Univ of California Press, either 2000 or 2001