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Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) Hardcover – 21 Apr 2005

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'… Rapoport's study is a valuable and most welcome contribution to the literature on medieval Mamlūk society, especially with regard to the position of women in a patrilineal and patriarchal society.' Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

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Yossef Rapoport explores the prevalence of divorce in medieval Islamic society. In so doing, he reveals that women possessed a surprising level of economic independence which they manipulated to initiate divorce as often as men. The book makes a significant contribution to the social history of an understudied period.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very dense, very interesting, very informative 25 April 2014
By Thomas M. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating read. Really just a publication of Mr. Rapoport's school thesis, it is heavily annotated, opening doors to much further learning for those who want to pursue it.

An interesting window into the changing thinking within the Moslem community (communities) on the treatment and rights of women. Reminds us of the changing treatment of women at different points through Christian history, and across Christian sects. Amazing how consistent economic factors are in shaping the "religious" beliefs about how women should be treated.
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful to understand Muslim practices today 15 Jan. 2014
By Nancy Zalusky Berg - Published on Amazon.com
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very good and well written treatise on marriage, how property was held between men and women and impact of divorce. Really interesting read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A World Opened 4 May 2008
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For a subject that could well have been dry and lifeless, Yosef Rapoport has stepped beyond the academic to reveal a fascinating glimpse of a world rarely explored. His prose is readable and insights intriguing as he makes the world of Medieval Islamic society available and interesting both to the student and the casual reader. A fascinating read that bears rereading, this is not one that will make its trip to the bookshelf to be forgotten. It not only illuminates its own subject but throws a greater light on Islamic social history as a whole.
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