Baha'u'llah and the New Era: An Introduction to the Baha'i by J. E. Esslemont

By J. E. Esslemont

First a disclaimer. i don't proportion Baha'u'llah's imaginative and prescient for humanity. specifically i'm really not completely convinced that cohesion of the human race is unavoidably fascinating and i'm lovely certain that uniformity in language and faith will be a foul factor. as an alternative i feel transformations must be revered. in its place I learn this ebook simply because whilst i used to be a toddler we had a few relatives neighbors who have been Baha'is from Iran (this was once in the course of Utah).

This ebook offers first an outline of the historical past of the Baha'i religion. the most figures listed here are coated. It describes the spiritual persecution the teams confronted in Persia and Turkey, and it offers a history for realizing the social context for the delivery of that religion.

The moment a part of the e-book is an summary of Baha'i teachings. It comprises attitudes in the direction of prayer, vitamin, wellbeing and fitness, marriage, divorce, and so on. this can be a very vast evaluate and does not pass into an excessive amount of detail.

On the complete, i feel it is a strong ebook for a person to learn who desires to study extra concerning the Baha'i religion even if one consents with it.

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1 (1975): 53–114; Abraham Marcus, “Men, Women and Property: Dealers in Real Estate in 18th Century Aleppo,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 26, no. B. Tauris, 1993); Annalise Moors, Women, Property, and Islam: Palestinian Experience, 1920–1990 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995); Leslie P. Peirce, Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab Introduction 33 counterparts, for notarial purposes: they registered sales and purchases of property, they recorded business partnerships and loans, they endowed waqfs (entailing property for religious or charitable causes) in large numbers, and they entered into contracts of marriage.

Our understanding of their actions is not advanced by assuming that this bespeaks a false consciousness that promotes collusion with patriarchy; rather, I want to proceed in this study of the law with female agency, and the ways in which women have apprehended the relation between the law and their own fulfillment in life, as open questions. Few would dispute the notion, of course, that Islamic law has marked patriarchal features. We have ample evidence of the latter in the rules, for example, on guardianship and marriage.

26 Women, Family, and Gender in Islamic Law without whom she could not enter into any legal agreement. 36 By way of contrast, the prevailing substantive rules of the Islamic legal system designated the dowry as the private property of the bride over which her husband had no claim whatsoever. Furthermore, a female was entitled to a set portion of the estate of a number of her relatives, and although in general she was only entitled to one half the share of her male counterparts, this inheritance was also her inviolate private property.

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