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Religious Practices: Preaching and Women Preachers: Egypt
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According to the primary and secondary sources, though outnumbered by men, women have served as preachers throughout Egyptian history. Since most historians have been male and their primary focus has been on recording men's activities and achievements, the actual number of women who served as preachers probably exceeded those recorded. In fact, existing documentation even on women who are known to have been prominent preachers, such as the Sufi woman scholar, poet, and jurist of Syrian origin ʿĀʾisha bint Yūsuf al-Bāʿūniyya (d. 1516), who wrote poetry, authored sever…

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Rausch, Margaret, “Religious Practices: Preaching and Women Preachers: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0615c>
First published online: 2009

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