Women in Islam

Exploring the Issues

by Vivienne San Miguel Angeles


Though women throughout the Islamic world continue to face difficulties, they are making tremendous strides in their pursuit of social, economic, and political equality.

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June 2020


Pages 199
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Religion/Politics
  Current Events and Issues/Society
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This book explores the challenges and issues facing women in Islam as they continue to gain greater rights and authority in what is still largely a traditional, patriarchal world.

The issues facing women in the Islamic world are complex. Not all Islamic societies are the same, and the experiences of women in those societies are likewise diverse. To some degree the experiences of these women are formed by Islamic texts and religious teachings. These teachings, however, are subject to interpretation, and secular forces play an increasingly strong role in shaping political, economic, and social life. This book explores some of the major issues facing women in the Islamic world, and how religion contributes to the debate surrounding those issues.

The book begins with a narrative overview of how religion governs the experiences and roles of women in Islamic societies. This is followed by a chronology highlighting important events related to women in Islam. The heart of the book is a section of reference entries on diverse topics related to women in Islam, including people, places, events, movements, and other subjects. The book closes with a selected, annotated bibliography.


  • A chronology highlights key events related to women in Islam
  • A narrative overview examines how Islam shapes the life of women in the Islamic world
  • Reference entries provide fundamental information about people, places, events, movements, and other topics related to women in Islam
  • A selected, annotated bibliography directs readers to important sources of additional information
Series Description

Religion in Politics and Society Today

Religion has long played an influential role in shaping our world. Each book in this series examines how religion informs a particularly critical social or political concern, such as antisemitism, education, environmental issues, Islam in America, and war. Through an overview essay, chronology, and roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries, the volumes provide concise, objective coverage of the essential elements of the topic discussed. An annotated bibliography closes each book and directs the reader to some of the most important sources of additional information.
Author Info

Vivienne San Miguel Angeles is associate professor of religion at La Salle University, where she teaches courses on Islam, World Religions, Women in Islam, Islam in America, and other topics. She is coeditor of Gender, Religion, and Migration: Pathways to Integration, and of Identity in Crossroad Civilizations: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Globalism in Asia. She is also the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries.

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