UAM History Professor’s Article Receives Honor

MONTICELLO, AR — An article by Dr. Sharon Silzell, an assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been selected as the article of the month by Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index.

            Based at the University of Iowa, Feminae is a primary tool for scholars doing research on women, sexuality and gender during the Middle Ages, and it indexes journal articles, book reviews and essays published worldwide.

            The editors of Feminae selected Silzell’s article, “Hafsa and al-Mushaf: Women and the Written Quran in the Early Centuries of Islam" published in Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World. They note that the essayoffers a valuable analysis of gender and religion with an especially welcome attention to the early history of Islam.  The significance of the article is further enhanced by the use it makes of early hadith and biography to answer historical questions.  The article is engagingly written and draws readers into issues surrounding women's agency and spiritual authority which resonate with current concerns.”

            Silzell holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and teaches world civilization and middle eastern history.

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            For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.


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