Getting God's Ear: Women, Islam and Healing in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf by Eleanor Abdella Doumato (Paperback, 1999)
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- DescriptionThe circumscribed role of women in orthodox religious societies has long intrigued scholars and general readers alike. How these roles evolved and how women today reconcile feminism with traditional religious practice is a subject of controversy both within the academy and in religious communities. Getting God's Ear considers this subject by examining the role of religious worship and spiritual affairs in women's lives in the twentieth-century Arab world. The meaning of women's exclusion from the sacred precincts of the mosque and their limited access to religious learning-as well as the effects of this exclusion on women's lives-is the focus of the book. Exploring both their role as midwives, healers, and ritual participants in spite of such exclusion, Elear Doumato examines the ways women strive for agency and sacralize their own space in an effort to experience community, to heal and be healed, and to find ways of getting God to hear them. Focusing on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula region during the first half of the twentieth century, the book weighs the influence of Wahhabi Islam on women's religious experience against the experience of women in the Sunni and Shia towns of Kuwait and Bahrain. At the same time, the author incorporates the voices of American missionaries and others who wrote about women of this region and whose writings form the informational core of the book. Connecting doctrine and practice in pre-oil Arabia to current sociopolitical developments, she raises an intriguing question: Is there something in the historical experience of women under Wahhabi Islam that can help us understand the persistence of women's separation in Saudi Arabia today?
- Author BiographyEleanor Abdella Doumato is adjunct professor of international relations at the Watson Institute of Brown University. She is a past president of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies and the editor of the Middle East Women's Studies Review.
- Author(s)Eleanor Abdella Doumato
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication21/12/1999
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content NoteIll.
- Weight454 g
- Width159 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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