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Barren Women. Religion and Medicine in the Medieval Middle East

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Book Series: Islam – Thought, Culture, and Society ISSN: 2628-4286 ISBN: 9783110596588 Year: Volume: 2 Pages: 324 DOI: 10.1515/9783110596588 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion --- History --- Medicine (General)
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This book explores the ramifications of being infertile in the medieval Arab-Islamic world by examining legal texts, medical treatises, and works of religious preaching. Sara Verskin illuminates how attitudes toward mixed-gender interactions legal theories pertaining to marriage, divorce, and inheritance and scientific theories of reproduction contoured the intellectual and social landscape infertile women had to navigate.

Rules of the House

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ISBN: 9789176350607 9789176350638 9789176350614 9789176350621 Year: Pages: 189 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.60 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: Gender Studies --- History
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Rules of the House examines the transformation of the Korean family during and after Japanese colonial rule. Through in-depth reading of civil litigation records, the book shows how the Japanese colonial legal system transformed Korean families from the traditional patrilineal family system into small, patriarchal households. The new domestic pattern proved remarkably durable, forming the basis of postcolonial family life. Women feature prominently in the book. Increasingly marginalized by patriarchy, women embodied the fault line between one family system as it receded and the other as it expanded under the auspices of Japanese colonial law. As a consequence, women’s rights to family property, inheritance, divorce, and adoption of heirs were frequently challenged by family members. Far from being quiet victims, these women brought their cases to the colonial courts and won a surprising number of cases. The book highlights how legal discourse about women’s rights in colonial civil courts articulated the transformation of the family.

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