Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Political Context Variable (Hardcover)

The Political Context Variable

By D. A. Spellberg

Columbia University Press, 9780231079983, 243pp.

Publication Date: February 16, 1995



In this extraordinary study, D. A. Spellberg examines the life of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr, Muhammad's most beloved and controversial wife, and a central figure in Islamic cultural history. Instead of employing the traditional chronological technique of the biographer, however, Spellberg uses 'A'isha as a lens through which to examine the place of women in Islamic societies.

About the Author

D. A. Spellberg is associate professor of history and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas at Austin.