Lady of the Women of the Worlds: Exploring Shi'i Piety and Identity Through a Consideration of Fatima al-Zahra'

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Title:
Lady of the Women of the Worlds: Exploring Shi'i Piety and Identity Through a Consideration of Fatima al-Zahra'
Author:
Rowe, Ruth E.
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
This thesis seeks to explore and survey the different understandings of Fatima bt. Muhammad "al-Zahra'" in different Shi'i social, religious, and political contexts. This investigation situates Fatima within a larger Islamic conceptualization of the saint or holy figure. Her liminal status in close proximity to the divine grants her a potency that facilitates her continued importance to Shi'i Muslims, though her memory differs in time and place. The contexts for this discussion range from Arabia in the centuries after her death, Safavid and Qajar Persia and modern Iran, and South Asia. Memories of Fatima reflect the concerns of Shi'i communities, political and religious leaders, and individuals for whom she remains a saint; she serves as a mechanism by which holiness is accessed and communities and persons are created, consolidated, preserved, and understood. For the scholar, Fatima provides invaluable insight into creative religious change through the lens of the Shi'i Islam.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Islam; Shi'ism; Fatima bint Muhammad; sainthood
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Near Eastern Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Lucas, Scott C.
Committee Chair:
Lucas, Scott C.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleLady of the Women of the Worlds: Exploring Shi'i Piety and Identity Through a Consideration of Fatima al-Zahra'en_US
dc.creatorRowe, Ruth E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorRowe, Ruth E.en_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis seeks to explore and survey the different understandings of Fatima bt. Muhammad "al-Zahra'" in different Shi'i social, religious, and political contexts. This investigation situates Fatima within a larger Islamic conceptualization of the saint or holy figure. Her liminal status in close proximity to the divine grants her a potency that facilitates her continued importance to Shi'i Muslims, though her memory differs in time and place. The contexts for this discussion range from Arabia in the centuries after her death, Safavid and Qajar Persia and modern Iran, and South Asia. Memories of Fatima reflect the concerns of Shi'i communities, political and religious leaders, and individuals for whom she remains a saint; she serves as a mechanism by which holiness is accessed and communities and persons are created, consolidated, preserved, and understood. For the scholar, Fatima provides invaluable insight into creative religious change through the lens of the Shi'i Islam.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectIslamen_US
dc.subjectShi'ismen_US
dc.subjectFatima bint Muhammaden_US
dc.subjectsainthooden_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNear Eastern Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLucas, Scott C.en_US
dc.contributor.chairLucas, Scott C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDarling, Lindaen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEaton, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBetteridge, Anneen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2769en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749799en_US
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