Islamic Biographical Dictionaries: 9th to 10th Century
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These collections comprise significant proportions and numbers of entries devoted to women as well as material on gender interspersed in the men's biographies. The types of women included in these collections reflect the cultural and political milieus in which their authors functioned. The earliest extant works were compiled exclusively by men more than two centuries after the advent of the Islamic community, at the high point of the far-reaching ʿAbbāsid Empire centered in the new imperial capi…

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Roded, Ruth, “Islamic Biographical Dictionaries: 9th to 10th Century”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICSIM_0004>
First published online: 2009



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