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Women, Property and Islam

Women, Property and Islam
Palestinian Experiences, 1920–1990


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  • Author: Annelies Moors, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands and Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Date Published: February 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521483551

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  • According to Islamic law, women are entitled to inherit property, to receive a dower at marriage, and are in full control of their income. Through an anthropological study of Palestinian women on the West Bank, Annelies Moors demonstrates that this is not always the case in practice. In fact, their options vary greatly depending on whether they gain access to property through inheritance, through the dower or through paid labour. The narratives of women from different stratas of society indicate under what circumstances they claim property rights, and when they are prevented from doing so in order to gain other advantages. While essentially an ethnographic study, the author's use of court records demonstrates how historical changes have affected women's claims to property, focusing on the relation between local traditions, international politics and transnational labour migration.

    • An original study which combines insights from anthropological fieldwork, oral history and analysis of written legal sources
    • Major contribution to existing studies where there is little competition
    • Wider implications for the study of anthropology and women more generally
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521483551
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: women and property
    Part I. Politics, Economy and Kinship:
    2. The lives of four women: introducing property and politics
    3. Women and inheritance
    Part II. The Power:
    4. The dower: marriage, gender and social stratification
    5. Marriage: the prompt dower
    6. Repudiation and widowhood: the deferred dower
    Part III. Paid Labour and Property:
    7. Poverty, wage labour and property
    8. Gender and garment production
    9. Education, professional work and property
    10. Women and property revisited.

  • Author

    Annelies Moors, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands and Universiteit van Amsterdam

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