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Representations: The Wiles of Women Literature: Overview
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In a wide range of Islamic cultures the notion of “the wiles of women” has found expression in many literary genres. In poems, tales, Qurʾānic commentary, and books of history, women are often portrayed as inherently deceitful, and men are warned of the power of “women's guile.” While ancient Near Eastern and pre-Islamic understandings of gender contributed to the content of these literary expressions, the form that they take…

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Goldman, Shalom, “Representations: The Wiles of Women Literature: 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_0642>
First published online: 2009

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