Spellberg, Denise A.
Most widely held works by Denise A Spellberg
Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an : Islam and the founders by Denise A Spellberg ( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom-- a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur'an. This marked only the beginning of his lifelong interest in Islam, and he would go on to acquire numerous books on Middle Eastern languages, history, and travel, taking extensive notes on Islam as it relates to English common law. Jefferson sought to understand Islam notwithstanding his personal disdain for the faith, a sentiment prevalent among his Protestant contemporaries in England and America. But unlike most of them, by 1776 Jefferson could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country. Based on groundbreaking research, Spellberg compellingly recounts how a handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims (then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society) to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America. In this way, Muslims, who were not even known to exist in the colonies, became the imaginary outer limit for an unprecedented, uniquely American religious pluralism that would also encompass the actual despised minorities of Jews and Catholics. The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of Muslims, for which principle Jefferson's political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, thus became decisive in the Founders' ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, as they might well have done" -- from publisher's web site
Politics, gender, and the Islamic past : The Legacy of ʻAʼisha bint Abi Bakr by Denise A Spellberg ( Book )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study examines the most beloved and controversial of Mohammed's wives as a rich symbol for medieval and modern Islamic society. It explores the debates surrounding A'isha's depiction in historical literature, describing how she has been praised and condemned by generations of Muslim writers
Religious image and historical reality : the depiction of ʻĀʼisha bint Abī Bakr in medieval Islamic society by Denise A Spellberg ( )
3 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This dissertation focuses upon 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr (d. A.D. 678), the third an d favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad, and her depiction in the medieval recor d not as the subject of biography, but the object of Muslim medieval historiogra phy. The intent of the dissertation is to define the critical aspects of 'A'isha 's 'historical personality, ' a term which encompasses her religious image and co ntends with issues raised by her portrayal which effect larger conceptions of po litics and gender in a range of Arabic works from the ninth to the sixteenth cen tury. Four primary areas of 'A'isha's depiction form the focus of this dissertat ion. First, 'A'isha's status in relation to other female religious figures is an alyzed with those attributes that made her a figure of reverence. Second, the cr isis resulting from the accusation of adultery made against her is discussed in relation to broader questions of honor and shame, as well as Sunni apologia and Shii polemic. Third, 'A'isha's example as a political figure is presented in rel ation to her actions at the Battle of the Camel with its implications for later female participation in politics. Fourth, 'A'isha's achieved contribution as a t ransmitter of hadith is examined with attention to its relationship to her ascri bed religious prestige. The dissertation concludes that within the Muslim mediev al record there existed a debate about the nature of 'A'isha's historical person ality which was revealed by a variety of techniques in her depiction. Within thi s process, the Sunni Muslim community attempted to come to terms with 'A'isha is an exemplar and exceptional female religious personality. The debate which expo ses why 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr could attain religious prestige, but not sainthood is revealed by the highly charged issues refracted through her medieval depicti on, a phenomenon previously missed in Western biography
[Orientalism at thirty by François Burgat ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Spellberg, D. A.