The islamic public sphere and the discipline of adab
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Recently, there have been many compelling new theories of the emergence of an “Islamic public sphere.” Few studies, however, have examined the role of literary writing in contributing to its emergence, even though such writing was critical to the intellectual elite's shift toward Islamic subjects in mid-20th century Egypt. In addition, little of this scholarship has examined the gendered nature of this public sphere in any depth, though gendered rights, roles, and responsibilities were among the most hotly contested debates in public discourses on religion. This article looks at how literary writing not only shaped particular interpretations of gendered relationships in Islam but also developed hermeneutical techniques for reinterpreting religious sources. It specifically examines the work of Egyptian literary scholar and Islamic thinker Bint al-Shatiʾ and how her writings helped define the nature of the family, gender relations, and the private sphere in Islamic public discourse. © 2011, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1017/S0020743811000602
Publication InfoMclarney, E (2011). The islamic public sphere and the discipline of adab. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 43(3). pp. 429-449. 10.1017/S0020743811000602. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6998.
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