Chosen among Women: Mary and Fatima in Medieval Christianity and Shi'ite Islam

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Chosen among Women: Mary and Fatima in Medieval Christianity and Shi'ite Islam combines historical analysis with the tools of gender studies and religious studies to compare the roles of the Virgin Mary in medieval Christianity with those of Fatima, daughter of the prophet Muhammad, in Shi'ite Islam. The book explores the proliferation of Marian imagery in Late Antiquity through the Church fathers and popular hagiography. It examines how Merovingian authors assimilated powerful queens and abbesses to a Marian prototype to articulate their political significance and, at the same time, censure holy women’s public charisma. Mary Thurlkill focuses as well on the importance of Fatima in the evolution of Shi'ite identity throughout the Middle East. She examines how scholars such as Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi advertised Fatima as a symbol of the Shi'ite holy family and its glorified status in paradise, while simultaneously binding her as a mother to the domestic sphere and patriarchal authority.

This important comparative look at feminine ideals in both Shi'ite Islam and medieval Christianity is of relevance and value in the modern world, and it will be welcomed by scholars and students of Islam, comparative religion, medieval Christianity, and gender studies.

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Document Type
  • Book

Alternate Title
  • Chosen among Women

Author
  • Mary F. Thurlkill

Date Created
  • 2016-03-15

Extent
  • 224 pages

ISBN
  • 9780268093716

  • 9780268093822

Publisher
  • University of Notre Dame Press

Publication Date
  • 2008-01-14

Subject
  • Mary

  • Social Science

  • History

  • Comparative Religion

  • Fatima

  • Religion

  • Shi'ite Islam

  • Gender Studies

  • Medieval Christianity

Subject (Library of Congress)
  • Shīʻah–Doctrines–History

  • Fāṭimah, -632 or 633

  • Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint–History of doctrines–Middle Ages, 600-1500

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  • English

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