A unique collaboration of over 1000 scholars from around the world, the
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures crosses history, geographic borders and disciplines to create a ground-breaking reference work reflecting the very latest research on gender studies and the Islamic world.
No other reference work offers this scale of contributions or depth and breadth of coverage.
Since its publication,
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures is the essential reference work for students and researchers in the fields of gender studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, as well as scholars of religion, history, politics, anthropology, geography and related disciplines.
This encyclopedia consists of six volumes (including an Index volume), published from 2003 to 2007.
As of 2020, EWIC is supplemented by the
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures 2010-2020. The EWIC 2010-2020 consist of all new entries on ground-breaking contemporary research topics, such as social media, security regimes, cinema, diaspora studies, Hip-Hop & Rap, Queer movements, Islamophobia and masculinity. EWIC 2010-2020 collects all the articles from ten years of
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online, into a nine-volume set – eight volumes of articles and one volume for the collective index.
EWIC 2010-2020 offers 289 articles, written by 292 authors, covering 126 topics. Cumulatively, this is nearly two million words.
Suad Joseph, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, is Professor of Anthropology and Womens Studies at the University of California, Davis. She has published
Intimate Selving in Arab Families: Gender, Self and Identity (Syracuse University Press, 1999),
Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse University Press, 2000) and
Gender and Power in the Middle East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).
Students and researchers in the fields of gender studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, as well as scholars of religion, history, politics, anthropology, geography and related disciplines.
"In scope and intent, a unique effort... Essential" –
Choice, June 2004.
"The invigorating originality of the work lies in its historic accomplishment of presenting the osmotic relationship between religion and culture as revealed through the lives of women." – Rafia Zakaria,
NWSA Journal, 2006.
"This ..will be a welcome addition to any public library and an essential addition to academic libraries." – Glenn Masuchika,
"The entries ... represent an enormous amount of hard work by an impressive collection of scholars and a very significant collection of expertise and critique." – Sunaina Maira,
H-Net Reviews, October 2004.
"... This work is recommended for upper-level undergraduate and graduate research libraries. The sheer volume of authors and subjects covered would make it an excellent resource for research in a number of disciplines related to woman in Islamic culture." – Susan Wortman, Librarian at the University of Michigan.
"These volumes are highly recommended: they are in indispensible source of material for those seeking to research and understand the many issues and contexts relating to Muslim women and women under Islamic cultures." – Raana Bokhari,
The Muslim World Book Review 27:4 (2007), 70-2.