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The Chapter of Zulaykha

Barbara Freyer Stowasser

in Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111484
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111484.003.0005
The Chapter of Zulaykha

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Among the many female characters that Qur'anic sacred history depicts for the faithful, the image of Joseph's mistress, the wife of his Egyptian master, stands out by its intricacy. In the story, the themes of female desire and craftiness and combined with fidelity, love, honesty, and repentance. As a Qur'anic metaphor, this tale represents the best and the worst in woman's nature on the terrestrial plain. It may be the most penetrating in terms of female psychology of all the Qur'anic women's stories. In this story, the protagonist represents the unwavering power of female unselfish love and faithfulness, and is rewarded with bliss and joy with the beloved.

Keywords: Joseph; mistress; Egyptian master; fidelity; love; honesty; repentance; unselfish love; faithfulness; female psychology

Chapter.  3432 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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