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Getting God's Ear
Author: Eleanor Abdella Doumato

ISBN: 9780231116671
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 498
Published: 17 December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9 x 1.9
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The circumscribed role of women in orthodox religious societies has long intrigued scholars and general readers alike. How these roles evolved and how women today reconcile feminism with traditional religious practice is a subject of controversy both within the academy and in religious communities. "Getting God's Ear" considers this subject by examining the role of religious worship and spiritual affairs in women's lives in the twentieth-century Arab world.

The meaning of women's exclusion from the "sacred precincts" of the mosque and their limited access to religious learning -- as well as the effects of this exclusion on women's lives -- is the focus of the book. Exploring both their role as midwives, healers, and ritual participants in spite of such exclusion, Eleanor Doumato examines the ways women strive for agency and sacralize their own space in an effort to experience community, to heal and be healed, and to find ways of getting God to hear them.

Focusing on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula region during the first half of the twentieth century, the book weighs the influence of Wahhabi Islam on women's religious exp...

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