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The Warrior Women of Islam

Kruk, Remke

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ISBN 10: 1848859279 / ISBN 13: 9781848859272
Published by I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
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* Big, bold, revisionist book which plausibly challenges gender stereotypes about women and Islam * Makes sparkling tales and stories accessible for the first time to an English-speaking readership * Wide appeal to a variety of readers, in Middle East studies, comparative literature & medieval history Num Pages: 256 pages, 20 integrated bw illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FB; 2CSR; DSBB; JFSR2. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 138 x 218 x 24. Weight in Grams: 426. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781848859272

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Title: The Warrior Women of Islam

Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

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Colloquial Arabic storytelling is most commonly associated with the Arabian Nights. But few people are aware of a much larger corpus of narrative texts known as popular epic. These heroic romantic tales, originating in the Middle Ages, form vast cycles of adventure stories whose most remarkable feature is their portrayal of powerful and memorable women. Wildly appreciated by medieval audiences, and spread by professional storytellers throughout the cities of the Muslim world, this material was printed and reprinted over the centuries and remains a vital part of Arab culture. Yet virtually none is available in translation, and so remains almost unknown to a non-Arab public. Remke Kruk at last makes these neglected romances available to a Western audience. She recounts the story of Princess Dhat al-Himma, brave and undefeated leader of the Muslim army in its wars against the Byzantines; of Ghamra, brought up as a boy to become a fearless leader of men; and of Qannasa, an infidel, raiding from her mountain fortress to capture and seduce her enemies before putting them pitilessly to the sword. The Warrior Women of Islam puts a bold new complexion on gender roles and the wider perception of women in the Middle East.

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Remke Kruk is Professor Emeritus of Arabic studies in the University of Leiden. She was the editor, with Gerhard Endress, of The Ancient Tradition in Christian and Islamic Hellenism (1997).

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