Partners of Zaynab

Partners of Zaynab

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How do pious Shia Muslim women nurture and sustain their religious lives? How do their experiences and beliefs differ from or overlap with those of men? What do gender-based religious roles and interactions reveal about the Shia Muslim faith? In Partners of Zaynab, Diane Da€™Souza presents a rich ethnography of urban Shia women in India, exploring womena€™s devotional lives through the lens of religious narrative, sacred space, ritual performance, leadership, and iconic symbols. Religious scholars have tended to devalue womena€™s religious expressions, confining them to the periphery of a male-centered ritual world. This viewpoint often assumes that womena€™s ritual behaviors are the unsophisticated product of limited education and experience and even a less developed female nature. By illuminating vibrant female narratives within Shia religious teachings, the fascinating history of a shrine led by women, the contemporary lives of dynamic female preachers, and womena€™s popular prayers and rituals of petition, Partners of Zaynab demonstrates that the religious lives of women are not a flawed approximation of male-defined norms and behaviors, but a vigorous, authentic affirmation of faith within the religious mainstream. Da€™Souza questions the distinction between normative and popular religious behavior, arguing that such a categorization not only isolates and devalues female ritual expressions, but also weakens our understanding of religion as a whole. Partners of Zaynab offers a compelling glimpse of Muslim faith and practice and a more complete understanding of the interplay of gender within Shia Islam.Abisaab, Rula Jurdi. ... 2008. a€œMadrasas de femmes entre le Pakistan et Qom.a€ in Les Mondes Chiites et la#39;Iran, edited by Sabrina Mervin, 287a€“300. ... A Manual of Hadith. ... Light of Guidance (ChiragheHidayat). ... Betteridge, Anne H. 1993.

Title:Partners of Zaynab
Author:Diane D'Souza
Publisher:Univ of South Carolina Press - 2014-09-03


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