Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-132) and index.
Yossef Rapoport explores the prevalence of divorce in medieval Islamic society. In so doing, he reveals that women possessed a surprising level of economic independence which they manipulated to initiate divorce as often as men. The book makes a significant contribution to the social history of an understudied period.
Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Glossary; Abbreviations; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 Marriage, divorce and the gender division of property; CHAPTER 2 Working women, single women and the rise of the female ribat; CHAPTER 3 The monetization of marriage; CHAPTER 4 Divorce, repudiation and settlement; CHAPTER 5 Repudiation and public power; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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