Foreward-Journal of Persianate Studies

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Alyssa Gabbay, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In 2006, while researching my dissertation in India, I came across a short poem of the medieval Indo-Persian poet Amir Khosrow whose contents were so startling I read it several times. Only five lines, it plainly stated that daughters were better than sons—and gave among its justifications the fact that the Prophet’s lineage had continued through his daughter, Fatima (Fatema). The sentiments echoed those I had come across in other of Khosrow’s works, in which he referred to his young daughter as his “mother” and wrote that he expected to be reborn through her eventual progeny. But it clarified and emphasized those statements in a way that ran forcefully and surprisingly counter to the stereotypical and widely-received view in Muslim societies of daughters as, at best, burdens to be patiently borne.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
India, poetry, Amir Khosrow, Muslim society, gender studies, Muslim women, history, Indio-Persian history

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