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Well-written and persuasive ... makes a significant contribution to the fields of Spanish history, social history of religion, and women's history. Lehfeldt's account of nuns' involvement in the very worldly activities of managing estates and utilizing the legal system to assert rights over finances and property ... gives us a more balanced view of nuns in their varied roles in society.-Jodi Bilinkoff, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at GreensboroThrough an examination of the role of nuns and the place of convents in both the spiritual and social landscape, this book analyzes the interaction of gender, religion and society in late medieval and early modern Spain. Author Elizabeth Lehfeldt here examines the tension between religious reform, which demanded that all nuns observe strict enclosure, and the traditional identity of Spanish nuns and their institutions, in which they were spiritually and temporally powerful women. Lehfeldt's work is based on the archival records of twenty-three convents in the city of Valladolid, and peninsula-wide documents that include visitation records, the constitutions of religious orders, and spiritual biographies.Religious Women in Golden Age Spain is the first book-length study in English to pose this chronological and conceptual framework for identifying and analyzing the role of nuns and convents in late-medieval and early-modern Spanish society.
Learn how the seclusion of women can be used as a feminist defense against exploitation--and as an empowering forceInternationally acclaimed author Ann Chamberlin's book, A History of Women's Seclusion in the Middle East: The Veil in the Looking Glass is a critical interdisciplinary examination of the practice of seclusion of women throughout the Middle East from its beginnings. This challenging exploration discusses the reasons that seclusion may not be as oppressive as is presently generally accepted, and, in fact, may be an empowering force for women in both the West and East. Readers are taken on a controversial, belief-bending journey deep into the surprising origins and diverse aspects of female seclusion to find solid evidence of its surprising use as a defense against monolithic cultural exploitation. The author uses her extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern culture, language, and even archeology to provide a convincing assertion challenging the Western view that seclusion was and is a result of women's oppression. A History of Women's Seclusion in the Middle East goes beyond standard feminist rhetoric to put forth shocking notions on the real reasons behind women's seclusion and how it has been used to counteract cultural exploitation. The book reviews written evidence, domestic and sacred architecture, evolution, biology, the clan, the environment for seclusion, trade, capital and land, slavery, honor, and various other aspects in a powerful feminist argument that seclusion is actually a valuable empowering force of protection from the influence of today's society. The text includes thirty black and white figures with useful descriptions to illustrate and enhance reader understanding of concepts.A History of Women's Seclusion in the Middle East discusses at length: prehistoric evidence of seclusion the sense of honor in the Middle East a balanced look at the Islamic religion the true nature of the harem the reasons for the oppression by the Taliban the positive aspects of 'veiling' seclusion as a defense against capitalist exploitation" and other challenging perspectives "A History of Women's Seclusion in the Middle East is thought-provoking, insightful reading for all interested in women's history, feminism, and the history and culture of the Middle East.
Highlights: - Surveys a wealth of scholarly material and presents it in a manner easily grasped by students with no scientific background- Provides a historical review of the debate surrounding women in science that has lasted almost to the present day- Demonstrates to students how untenable ideas persist in society, supported by powerful interests and societal norms
This book contains proven recipes and herbal teas for the treatments of mental and emotional difficulties. Herbal tea is far more than a comforting, delicious drink to enjoy with friends or over a good book! From relieving mental illness to fighting viruses and infections, herbal teas have so many powerful health benefits. There are numerous amount of information about the healing powers of herbs and spices for our physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual selves. Brew a soothing cup and enjoy the benefits of these safe herbal tea recipes today! Educate yourself about herbs and spices before using them, and always, always consult your herbal practitioner, naturopathic or homeopathic doctor, or other healthcare professional first before taking any herbal tea to help manage any illness or health condition - especially if you are taking any prescription medication, or being treated for any health concern, disease, pregnant or breastfeeding.
Fabulous Women is an adult colouring book with a wide range of scenes depicting lovely ladies at work, or just relaxing. From a mysterious Venetian masked lady, a carousel rider to a sweet girl feeding chickens, this book contains 24 hand drawn illustrations. There are younger and older ladies to colour, as all ladies are Fabulous! This book is designed to challenge even the most experienced colourists, but there are however some simpler illustrations for some light relief! Single sided designs printed on medium weight white paper - perfect for pastels or coloured pencils. If you prefer to work directly inside the book using gel pens/markers, it is advisable to place a sheet of plain paper between the pages to prevent bleed through. Or, you are free to photocopy these designs on your favourite paper or card for your own use.
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