Publication details for Dr Abir HamdarHamdar, Abir (2009). Jihad of Words: Gender and Contemporary Karbala Narratives. Yearbook of English Studies 2009 39(1/2): 84-100.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0306-2473, 2222-4289
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
This paper discusses the discourse of female jihad in contemporary Karbala narratives of Shi'i Islam, specifically Twelver Shi'is. It argues that a gender-dynamic transformation has emerged with regard to the transmission of the Karbala narrative, as well as a renewed attention to the role of women in the aftermath of this battle. Today, the retelling of the story of Karbala involves positioning the role of women within a discourse that can only be described as a 'Jihad of Words' that the female descendants of the Prophet, such as Zaynab, undertook. Moreover, the paper highlights the fact that the gender-infused themes within the Karbala narratives have been influenced by contemporary socio-political events in certain countries such as Lebanon and Iran.
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