a bird and a bottle

(Re)discovering Women as Religious Scholars
February 25, 2007, 9:59 am
Filed under: feminism/s & gender, news, religion

Lots of good stuff in the Times this weekend. From the magazine:

Mohammad Akram Nadwi, a 43-year-old Sunni alim, or religious scholar, has rediscovered a long-lost tradition of Muslim women teaching the Koran, transmitting hadith (deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) and even making Islamic law as jurists.

I wonder if there were similar traditions in other religions, particularly in medieval Judaism. Anyone have any insight?


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I do!
Tova Rosen, in *Unveiling Eve,* p. 3, summarizes the situation thusly:
“The study of Scriptures and rabbinical literature, mysticism, and philosophy and even the practicing of liturgy had all been the exclusive domain of male creativity. In medieval Judaism, even more than its hosting cultures, writing was considered an exclusively male–an essentially virile–competence.”
See, among his other writings, E.R. Wolfson, *Language, Eros, Being*, pp. 77-80 (and his notes for furter reading).

Comment by mysticist

Hmph. Well that is a little disappointing! But thanks for sharing — helps really contextualize why this development in Islam was such a big deal.

Comment by bean

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