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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

Editor-in-chief: Natana J. DeLong-Bas, Editorial board member: Asma Afsaruddin, Hibba Abugideiri, Heba Ezzat, and Series edited by John L. Esposito

Publication Date - 16 October 2013

ISBN: 9780199764464

1422 pages
7 x 10 inches

Provides clear, current, comprehensive information on the major topics of scholarly interest within the study of women and Islam


Scholarship on Islam and women has expanded exponentially over the past twenty years, with increasing specialization within the field, as well as cross-pollination between other fields and disciplines. With this surge in interest there is a genuine need for a systematic reference work to provide balanced comprehensive coverage of the field.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women is designed to meet this need by providing clear, current, comprehensive information on the major topics of scholarly interest within the study of women and Islam.

The Encyclopedia, which is based on the highly acclaimed Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and is one of four encyclopedias in the Islamic World series, is being published as an e-book, in print, and on Oxford Islamic Studies Online. It features several hundred in-depth articles written by leading experts and is an excellent single source for accurate overview articles covering all aspects of this flourishing area of research.


  • More than 450 signed A-Z entries, by more than 250 international scholars, make this the authoritative resource on the subject
  • Includes a topical outline of contents arranged by conceptual category, plus a general index to aid and guide research
  • Organized around the central conceptual themes in research on Islam and women: Theory, Practice, and Interpretation of Religion; Self and Body; Immigration and Minorities; Sharia, Fiqh, Philosophy, and Reason; Culture and Expression; Wealth, Welfare and Labor; Politics and Polity; Scholarly Approaches and Theoretical Constructs; Community and Society, and Science, Medicine and Education
  • Major focus on contemporary issues

About the Author(s)

Natana J. DeLong-Bas teaches in the department of theology at Boston College. She is the author of Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad (2004), Notable Muslims: A Biographical Dictionary (2006), and co-author of Women in Muslim Family Law revised edition, with John L. Esposito (2001). She has served as editor for and contributor to The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and contributor to The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an (2004), and deputy editor for The Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. She is a frequent public speaker on Islam, Wahhabism, and Saudi Arabia.


"A serious and impressive attempt at putting women (and gender) at the center of attention without simplistically refuting stereotypes of Muslim women or Islam or replacing them with equally problematic celebrations of women's roles and achievements....Recommended."--CHOICE

"The volume offers clear, readable text, ample bibliographies and cross-references, and a comprehensive index and topical outline of entries...This welcome volume will be especially useful to Islamic scholars, those studying Islamic culture and history, and women's studies students." --Library Journal

Table of Contents

    List of Articles
    Series Introduction
    451 A-Z Entries
    Topical Outline
    Directory of Contributors