Women, Islam, and Abbasid Identity by Nadia Maria El Cheikh

By Nadia Maria El Cheikh

Whilst the Abbasids overthrew the Umayyad dynasty in 750 CE, an immense point in legitimizing their newly gained authority concerned defining themselves within the eyes in their Islamic matters. Nadia Maria El Cheikh indicates that rules approximately girls have been significant to the method through which the Abbasid caliphate, which ushered in Islam’s Golden Age, accomplished self-definition.

In so much medieval Islamic cultures, Arab Islam stood towards jahl, or the country of impurity and corruption that existed sooner than Islam’s founding. through the years, the idea that of jahl developed right into a extra normal time period describing a of lack of know-how and barbarism—as good as a particularly linked in Abbasid discourse with girls. thoughts of womanhood and gender grew to become an important organizing precept for articulating Muslim identification. teams whose ideals and behaviors have been perceived via the Abbasids as a threat—not in basic terms the jahilis who lived sooner than the prophet Muhammad yet peoples dwelling past the borders in their empire, resembling the Byzantines, and heretics who defied the strictures in their rule, resembling the Qaramita—were represented in Abbasid texts via gendered metaphors and ideas of sexual distinction. those in flip motivated how ladies have been considered, and therefore contributed to the historic development of Muslim women’s identity.

Through its research of the way gender and sexuality have been used to articulate cultural variations and formulate identities in Abbasid platforms of energy and idea, ladies, Islam, and Abbasid id demonstrates the significance of ladies to the writing of early Islamic background.

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I have slaked my vengeance and fulfilled my vow And you, Oh Wahshi, have assuaged the burning in my breast22 . . 23 Answering both her verses and her posture, the poet Hassan b. 15 11:49 22 Hind bint ‘Utba And may He curse her husband with her . . And did you forget a foul deed which you committed? ]24 A few years later, at the conquest of Mecca by the Prophet Muhammad, Hind appears to have opposed her husband Abu Sufyan’s policy of appeasement and surrender. 25 According to the traditions, when the Prophet entered Mecca, he gave security to everyone except five men and four women.

Ibn Sa‘d relates that Hind chewed on a piece of Hamza’s liver in order to swallow it, but she could not, and so she spat it out. ” Another rendering has the Prophet ask: “Did she eat anything of it? They said, no. ”54 Hind, the violent and near-cannibalistic jahili woman, becomes a prototype of anachronistic humans: irrational, regressive, existing in a permanently anterior time within the “modernity” that Islam came to represent. The description of Hind’s savagery is rife with moral, aesthetic, and political connotations.

Her excessive behavior manifests itself in her acts of brutality and vindictiveness, verging on cannibalism. While mutilation of enemy corpses does not seem to have been uncommon, what was uncommon was her extreme intemperance, the overload of her behavior, her chewing of Hamza’s liver. Stetkevych states that Hind’s persona reflects a mélange of human and animal traits, because it is vultures and hyenas that defile and devour fallen warriors: “The sacrificial dialectic of animal sacrifice versus blood vengeance .

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