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Literature and Muslim Women

Marcia Hermansen

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195390155-0160
Literature and Muslim Women

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This bibliography entry will cover Muslim women writers and poets including, wherever possible, their works that significantly feature female perspectives or women’s themes; also included are major critical studies of such writing. One limitation in making these selections is that female authors were selected on the basis of Muslim heritage as opposed to, for example, including other women authors from the same regions who are not Muslim. Much of 20th-century and later literature in Muslim societies does not deal directly with religion, while ethnic, linguistic, religious, and national identities are more complex and fluid than can be easily categorized under discrete rubrics. Studies of literature are often grouped according to the language that is the vehicle of expression or the national context of the author. Increasingly, migration, exile, and cosmopolitan identities complicate any project of strictly situating writers according to national or linguistic identity. Thus, the categories enumerated here may be taken as preliminary and suggestive rather than determinative. The state of critical studies in English of Arabic and Persian literature is reflected in the greater number of articles available for consultation. It was therefore deemed appropriate to create separate sections dealing with critical studies of women’s writing in these languages.

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Subjects: Islam

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