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Conference on Jewish Women's Cultural Capital under Islam

Location: Jerusalem, 
Date(s) of Event: 6/12/2017 - 6/14/2017


The objective of this conference is to place center stage the cultural status of Jewish women in societies characterized by Islamic dominance, or a significant Muslim presence. By examining the lives of Jewish women across the Muslim world, from Afghanistan to Morocco, from Yemen to Ottoman Europe and from the Middle Ages until the modern period, we will focus attention on varieties of women's cultural capital and offer comparative perspectives.

What were the types of cultural capital available for women? How might women leverage cultural capital into improved social status? What was the relationship between Muslim standards of accepted female behaviors and Jewish ones? How did Jewish society respond to fashions and trends set by their Muslim neighbors? How did Jewish women's behavior affect Muslim society? What were the politics of family life in the differential cultural and social settings? How important was religion as a vehicle both for maintaining gender relations and for altering them? What different kinds of circumstances fostered crossing gender boundaries and what were the methods for doing so?

All conference sessions will be held at the Israel Institute for Advance Studies on Givat Ram in Jerusalem.

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