Tabari's re-presentation of women during the Madina period


This thesis analyzes Abu Jaâ far Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabariâ s chronicle (d. 923) History of Prophets and Kings using a gender perspective. It focuses on al-Tabariâ s representation of women during the Madina period, arguing that through such a representation al-Tabari projects his Abbasid gender norms on the women of this period. The thesis focuses on four main subjects in relation to al-Tabariâ s text: the image of rebellious non-Muslim women, â Aâ ishaâ s involvement in the Battle of the Camel, and women as rational and emotional players in the Madina period.


Arab & Islamic Civilizations Department

Degree Name

MA in Arabic Studies

Date of Award


Online Submission Date

September 2012

First Advisor

Lutfi, Huda

Second Advisor

El-Bendary, Amina

Document Type



94 p.


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