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Religious Practices: Preaching and Women Preachers: Western Europe
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Throughout history Islamic scholars have unanimously agreed that a woman cannot deliver the jumʿa khuṭba (Friday sermon), and women are excluded as prayer leaders in mixed assemblies. In the past, women were also excluded from Islamic institutions where the formal training of teachers and preachers took place. However, traditional communities often provided women with a legitimate non-official arena of religious activity, which included non-ritual preaching. Thus, while the khāṭib (preacher of khuṭba) was – and still is – a man, a woman can be a dāʿiya (missionary preacher) or a wāʿi…

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Vogt, Kari, “Religious Practices: Preaching and Women Preachers: Western Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0615j>
First published online: 2009

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