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Jewish Women: Overview
(3,169 words)

The status and condition of Jewish women living in Muslim societies are based on Jewish law and traditions and influenced by Muslim law and practice, conditions specific to individual regions and developments over time. Thus, while there are those basics common to Jewish women in general, specifics change due to neighboring cultural and societal influences and historical and economic developments.

The status of women as subordinate to men is stated at the very beginning of the Bible, in the story of the creation of the human race. According to one versio…

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Simon, Rachel, “Jewish Women: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0097>
First published online: 2009

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