Women and Gender in Islam. New Haven: Yale University Press; 1992.Abstract.
In this text Ahmed, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, gives a historical overview of the lives of women in Islamic communities stretching from pre-Islamic Arabia to contemporary communities in and beyond the Middle East. It addresses, as well, the construction of discourse around gender and feminism that influences Western and non-Western understandings of this history. A critical and useful overview for educators seeking to address issues of gender and Islam in their classes, the reading level is appropriate for teachers but likely challenging for secondary school students.