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An internationally acclaimed scholar, who has dedicated more than fifty years of her life to understanding the Islamic world. Annemarie Schimmel examines a much-misunderstood feature of Islam: the role of women. Schimmel is critical of those—especially Western feminists—who take Islam to task without taking the time to comprehend the cultures, language, and traditions of t ...more
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Published February 25th 2003 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1995)
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Madeeha
In this book Annemarie Schimmel attempts to fill in the gaps of the feminine aspects that have been left behind in Islamic interpretation, leaving an unbalance.

She identifies the male dominated and sometimes misogynistic tendencies of the culture and how it’s affected the interpretation of Islam. Schimmel points out how women were viewed by poets, used as negative metaphors as in the lower self, temptation or the doniya (Worldly life), possibly due to a feminine noun for the word for 'ego' the
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Sadia
I read this book while sitting in the Muslim prayer room at Princeton University yesterday. I read it in the evening, after I had finished praying Magrib. My heart felt depleted and so I picked up the shortest book in the library there. Once I started reading it, I didn't stop and didn't leave until I had finished reading it.

I learned that in the mystical realm, Muslim women have achieved excellence, have been held to the highest positions. Muslim women mystics are part of the tradition of Isl
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sara
i can see why critics say she's an islamic apologist...nonetheless, i loved it....as this is the last book Schimmel wrote, one can say that she cracks the door open for us as life's door closes on her...i think a more acute perception would be that Schimmel leaves the door open for us as she slips right through it onto the next world...this short book is an inspiration to enter a world of critical and theoretical thought...especially for anyone interested in islam, sufi poetry/philosophy, muslim ...more
Umut
I was hoping to get some external view about this subject, but totally disappointen with the translation of the book in Turkish. It's impossible to understand and follow in modern language. I don't know what the translator was thinking, do you want people to read the book or not!!! It needs to be today's Turkish, not Ottoman Turkish from 19th century. It's a big shame.
Sitta
great! great! tanpa pandangan yang apriori dalam mengkaji Islam terutama dalam hal Sufisme. Aku suka puisinya "...dan kau terus berjalan tercabik-cabik di tengah reruntuhan. dan seruling gembala mengabarkan padamu tentang kehidupan..."
Jbondandrews
A wonderful book! The belief of the Sufis and the essence of women in Islam is beautifully told. I very much look forward to reading more of Annemarie Schimmel's work and other authors on the same topic.
Suci sadiq
aku baca yg terjemahannya, kl gak salah judulnya 'dan jiwaku adalah perempuan' terbitan mizan.
kesimpulannya? cantik dan inspiring....
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(Arabic: آنا ماري شيمل)

was a well known and very influential German Orientalist and scholar, who wrote extensively on Islam and Sufism. She was a professor at Harvard University from 1967 to 1992.
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مستشرقة المانية ولدت في مدينة إرفورت بوسط ألمانيا لعائلة بروتستانتية تنتمي إلى الطبقة الوسطى..في عام 1939 نزحت مع الأسرة إلى برلين وفيها بدأت دراستها الجامعية للأستشراق. وبعد عام واحد بدأت العمل على رس
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