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Space: Mosques: Arab States (excepting the Gulf and North Africa)
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Women's access to mosques throughout Muslim history has been regulated by a mixture of Islamic legal prescriptions and local norms. This entry focuses on women's access to mosques in the Arab states. In the early and medieval periods of Islamic history, the majority of Sunnī and Shīʿī jurists tended to discourage women's mosque attendance. This was in spite of a number of reliable, well-circulated reports (ḥadīths) credited to the Prophet Muḥammad, which indicate that he allowed women to attend mosques and that women did in fact do so regularly during his tim…

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Sayeed, Asma, “Space: Mosques: Arab States (excepting the Gulf and North Africa)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0284a>
First published online: 2009

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