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(a) Woman.

1. In the Arab world.

For a long time, the problem of woman has been avoided or dealt with only partially or in a biased way, but now a general twinge of conscience has brought it to the focus of our attention. Not just one but many different problems confront the Arab woman and affect how she is seen by society. There is the legal aspect, defining the precise relationship between divine and human law; there is the collection of “distorted pictures” (the expression used by Etiemble with which literature in particular presents the “myth” of woman; and there is feminine b…

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Tomiche, N., Chelhod, J., Lambton, A.K.S., Afshar, Haleh and Ansari, Ghaus, “al-Marʾa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0674>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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