By Jutta Gisela Sperling, Shona Kelly Wray

ISBN-10: 0415995868

ISBN-13: 9780415995863

Examining women's estate rights in numerous societies around the whole medieval and early glossy Mediterranean, this quantity introduces a special comparative standpoint to the complexities of gender kin in Muslim, Jewish, and Christian groups. via person case stories in line with city and rural, elite and non-elite, spiritual and secular groups, Across the spiritual Divide offers the one nuanced historical past of the quarter that includes peripheral parts reminiscent of Portugal, the Aegean Islands, Dalmatia, and Albania into the critical narrative.

By bridging the present-day notional and cultural divide among Muslim and Judeo-Christian worlds with geographical and thematic coherence, this selection of essays by way of best foreign students makes a speciality of girls in courts of legislations and assets reminiscent of notarial documents, testaments, criminal commentaries, and administrative documents to supply the main complex learn and remove darkness from actual connections throughout barriers of gender, faith, and culture.

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Nonetheless, in compliance with the wazir’s request, the pope compiled a total of thirtyfour canons, which are part of a larger body of medieval Copto-Arabic canons. These canons would come to play an important foundational role in the establishment of personal status laws for Coptic Christians in the medieval and modern periods in Egypt. Unlike the Christian canons of medieval Europe, the medieval CoptoArabic canons—that is, the Arabic-language canons of the Coptic Orthodox Church—were not necessarily developed or studied in conjunction with 26 Maryann Shenoda a secular law, since Egypt was governed by Islamic jurisprudence and relics of Byzantine codes after the Arab conquest (642).

For example, see the many laws relating to sex in the book of Leviticus, specifically Chapter 18. 25. This includes marriage of consanguines, or affi nes by godparents or milk kinship. Burmester, “The Canons of Cyril III Ibn Laklak,” 117–118. 26. This includes marriage of minors, those who are over sixty years of age, marriage of a widow who has not fulfi lled her ten-month period of mourning, marriage of a freeborn person to a slave, marriage of those who renounce their religious vows, and marriage of a priest’s wife after his repose.

Entry=islam_COM-0003. 19. Slavery was an important part of medieval European economics and perhaps for that reason played such an integral role in medieval society. D. 300–900 (Cambridge, 2001). 20. This is a reference to vaginismus. 21. Burmester, “The Canons of Cyril III Ibn Laklak, 75th Patriarch of Alexandria,” Bulletin de la Société d’Archiologie Copte 12, no. 1 (1946–1947): 118. 22. , 120. 23. Especially Summa on Marriage, composed by Raymond Penyafort, who was appointed by Gregory IX, includes much of the same discussion on the physical impediments of sex, which impediments may annul a marriage, the object of copulation, and proper seasons for abstaining from sexual intercourse.

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