Women of Babylon Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia

by Zainab (Columbia University, USA) Bahrani

Women of Babylon Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia Synopsis

Representations of sexual difference (whether visual or textual) have become an area of much theoretical concern and investigation in recent feminist scholarship. Yet although a wide range of relevant evidence survives from the ancient Near East, it has been exceptional for those studying women in the ancient world to stray outside the traditional bounds of Greece and Rome. Women of Babylon is a much-needed historical/art historical study that investigates the concepts of femininity which prevailed in Assyro-Babylonian society. Zainab Bahrani's detailed analysis of how the culture of ancient Mesopotamia defined sexuality and gender roles both in, and through, representation is enhanced by a rich selection of visual material extending from 6500 BC - 1891 AD. Professor Bahrani also investigates the ways in which women of the ancient Near East have been perceived in classical scholarship up to the nineteenth century.

Women of Babylon Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia Press Reviews

Though not a textbook per se, this work will be of immense help for the scholar who has heretofore simply catalogued information about gender, as it engages theoretical approaches. -Religious Studies Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415218306
Publication date: 26th April 2001
Author: Zainab (Columbia University, USA) Bahrani
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
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