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My Soul Is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam

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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
Paperback, 193 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1995)
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Mar 11, 2014 Madeeha rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2009 Sadia rated it liked it
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
Jul 31, 2011 sara rated it it was amazing
i can see why critics say she's an islamic apologist...nonetheless, i loved 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
Dec 29, 2014 Umut rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 19, 2008 Sitta rated it it was amazing
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..."
Mar 15, 2011 Jbondandrews rated it it was amazing
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.
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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.
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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“C’est à Ibn ‘Arabi que l’on attribue le rôle le plus éminent dans cette interprétation de plus en plus approfondie du principe féminin. Pour lui non seulement la nafs [âme] est féminine – comme c’est le cas généralement – mais aussi dhât, « essence divine », de sorte que la féminité, dans son œuvre, est la forme sous laquelle Dieu se manifeste le mieux (…) cette phrase savant exprime, en effet, parfaitement le concept d’Ibn ‘Arabi puisqu’il écrit au sujet de sa compréhension du divin :
« Dieu ne peut être envisagé en dehors de la matière et il est envisagé plus parfaitement en la matière humaine que dans toute autre et plus parfaitement en la femme qu’en l’homme. Car Il est envisagé soit comme le principe qui agit soit comme le principe qui subit, soit comme les deux à la fois (…) quand Dieu se manifeste sous la forme de la femme Il est celui qui agit grâce au fait qu’Il domine totalement l’âme de l’homme et qu’Il l’incite à se donner et à se soumettre entièrement à Lui (…) c’est pourquoi voir Dieu dans la femme signifie Le voir sous ces deux aspects, une telle vision est plus complète que de Le voir sous toute autre forme par laquelle Il se manifeste. »
Des auteurs mystiques postérieurs à Ibn ‘Arabi développèrent ses idées et représentèrent les mystères de la relation physique entre l’homme et la femme par des descriptions tout à fait concrètes. L’opuscule du soufi cachemirien Ya’qub Sarfi (mort en 1594), analysé par Sachiko Murata, en est un exemple typique ; il y explique la nécessité des ablutions complètes après l’acte d’amour par l’expérience « religieuse » de l’amour charnel : au moment de ce plaisir extatique extrême – le plus fort que l’on puisse imagine et vivre – l’esprit est tant occupé par les manifestations du divin qu’il perd toute relation avec son corps. Par les ablutions, il ramène ce corps devenu quasiment cadavre à la vie normale.
On retrouve des considérations semblables concernant le « mystère du mariage » chez Kasani, un mystique originaire de Farghana (mort en 1543). Eve, n’avait-elle pas été créée afin que « Adam pût se reposer auprès d’elle », comme il est dit dans le Coran (sourate 7:189) ? Elle était le don divin pour le consoler dans sa solitude, la manifestation de cet océan divin qu’il avait quitté. La femme est la plus belle manifestation du divin, tel fut le sentiment d’Ibn ‘Arabi.”
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