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Title: Women in Arabia from 500-650 CE : their role in tribal conflict from both social and religious perspectives
Author: Anderson, Ginette
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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The thesis examines the role of women in Arabia in the period 500-600 CE during tribal conflict from both social and religious perspectives. The study draws on historical texts, Biblical and Islamic religious works, literature and poetry with appropriate use of archaeological material. Chapter One is the introduction, discussing methodology and source materials. The thesis is then divided into two parts. The first part deals with the social role of women in war, beginning in Chapter Two with a discussion of their position in tribal society. Chapter Three focuses on warfare specifically on the participation of women in war as a social function including leadership roles. The second part examines the role of women in the cultic life of the tribe and the religious aspect of warfare. Chapter Four defines the role of women in pagan cults. Chapter Five deals with the cult of al-'Uzza, noting specifically her nature as a warrior deity and the implications this has for warfare. Chapter Six discusses the religious aspect of war, concentrating specially on the ritual function of women in battle. The Conclusion sums up the results of the research and demonstrates the interrelation of the two aspects of women's participation arena of tribal conflict.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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