Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 53: Women as Leaders in Islam
Ahmed E. Souaiaia
Women as leaders in Islam This chapter highlights the role some women who ascended to leadership positions have played in the various realms of Islamic life. Given that the Islamic civilization has been in existence for more than 1,000 years, I am forced to be highly selective of the personalities and topics. Because the focus is on women as leaders in Islam, I am also compelled to focus on the period from the time of Prophet Muhammad until precolonial time. This is significant, as women's leadership during the colonial and postcolonial era is contested on the basis of Western influence (or lack thereof) in shaping Muslim women's participation in public life. Selectivity, however, does not mean that I will profile only women who contributed positively. In fact, I will not discriminate between women who were part of the ruling elite and those who challenged it, those who preserved tradition and ...