4. Gendered Pasts: Women in al-Andalus
Mikel Herrán [+]
University of Leicester
Nicola Clarke [+]
The aim of the present chapter is twofold: to discuss, in archaeological terms, how gender can be performed and enacted in Islamicate societies, and to put the focus on women and their position within these same societies. The study of women in al-Andalus is inlaid with multi-layered signifiers which influence gender performance beyond religion, including ethnicity and coexistence with non-Islamic social groups. In trying to go beyond the image of Muslim women as ‘other’, this chapter will study how hegemonies of femininity were created and encoded, paying special attention to domestic spaces and goods, as well as to the written sources.