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The Islamic Middle East: An Historical Anthropology

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This is an account of the origins, nature, and evolution of Islam. It explores the cultures of the Middle East in which Islam originated fourteen centuries ago and of the Arab, Persian and Turkish societies where it remains a powerful force. The author describes the rise of Islam and the Muslim empires, and shows how the evolution of Islam led to the development of Sufism ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by Blackwell Publishers (first published December 1996)
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In Chapter 15, The Ambiguities of Women, Lindholm argues that the inferior status of women in Islam is not based on its religious tenets, but stems from historical and cultural traditions.

He provides background in a section titled, "Women in Middle Eastern Consciousness":

In terms of popular attitudes, women are seen as "a separate human species that is naturally stupid, lazy, untrustworthy, polluting, obstinate, emotional, willful, talkative, greedy, and innately immoral" (228). All inferior o
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B.A., Ph.D., Columbia University.

Professor Lindholm is an anthropologist with a strong interest in social theory and psychology, as well as area interests in the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. He did his original fieldwork in Northern Pakistan among one of the largest tribal groups in the world: the Pukhtun. He researched the relationship between social organization and emotion, a
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