Key Texts


This short list is meant to serve as a starting point for an exploration of women and Islamic law, especially family law. It includes primary sources, comparative essays and monographic studies, both contemporary and historical.

Awde, Nicholas, trans. and ed. Women in Islam: An Anthology From the Qur'an and Hadiths. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Esposito, John L. with Natana J. DeLong-Bas. Women in Muslim Family Law. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2001.

Mir-Hosseini, Ziba. Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family Law, Iran and Morocco Compared. London and New York: I.B. Tauris & Co., 1993.

Moors, Annelies. "Debating Islamic Family Law: Legal Texts and Social Practices." In Margaret L. Meriwether and Judith E. Tucker, eds. Social History of Women and Gender in the Modern Middle East. Boulder (CO): Westview Press, 1999.

Sonbol, Amira El Azhary, ed. Women, the Family, and Divorce Laws in Islamic History. Syracuse, N. Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1996.

Spectorsky, Susan A. Chapters on Marriage and Divorce: Responses of Ibn Hanbal and Ibn Rahwayh. [Selections from Masa'il Ahmad ibn Hanbal] Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992.

Tucker, Judith E. In the House of the Law: Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.