Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Paradise is the Feet of the Mothers. Some Preliminary Remarks Concerning the Figuration of Motherhood in Medieval Arab Literature

Isabel Toral-Niehoff


The articles analyses in a preliminary study the configuration of
motherhood (the mere biological fact of being a mother) and
motherliness (the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of a mother, i.e. of maternal love)
in Medieval Arab Literature, taking as case studies the portrayal of both topics in the adab-encyclopaedia al-ʿIqd al-Farīd by the Cordovan man of letters Ibn ʿAbdrabbih (860-940 CE). In addition, it discusses the methodical difficulties of investigating past mentalities, attitudes and social expectations in Pre-Modern Islam and pleas for a stronger consideration of literary texts.

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