Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online

The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (EWIC) is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project embracing women and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present. A unique collaboration of over 1000 scholars from around the world, the Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures crosses history, geographic borders and disciplines to create a ground-breaking reference work reflecting the very latest research on gender studies and the Islamic world. No other reference work offers this scale of contributions or depth and breadth of coverage.

The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online covers all volumes of the print edition, covering the following subjects:
- Methodologies, Paradigms and Sources (volume 1)
- Family, Law and Politics (volume 2)
- Family, Body, Sexuality and Health (volume 3)
- Economics, Education, Mobility and Space (volume 4)
- Practices, Interpretations and Representations (volume 5)
- plus the Supplement and Index Volume

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online is an essential reference work for students and researchers in the fields of gender studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, as well as scholars of religion, history, politics, anthropology, geography and related disciplines.

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online is also available in print, visit EWIC and EWI2 for more information.

Features and Benefits
- The only reference work of its kind
- Contributions from over 1,000 scholars in the field
- More than 1,600 thematic, regional and/or disciplinary entries
- Up-to-date research and bibliographies make it indispensable for all levels of users
- Updated once a year with new articles, images and video's
- Accessible style for a wider audience

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Print EWIC Volumes I–VI were published between 2003–2007. EWIC Online launched in 2010. All articles from Print EWIC are published in EWIC Online. Articles from Print EWIC indicate the volume in which they were originally published with the label “Volume X”. The date of publication “first published online” for all articles in EWIC Online, however, is the date of upload to EWIC Online. For the date of original publication of Print EWIC articles, kindly refer to the publication date of each volume, found on or

Suad Joseph (General Editor), University of California, Davis; Nurhaizatul Jamil, Pratt Institute; Jeannette Jouilli, Syracuse University; Dana Olwan, Syracuse University; Elora Shehabuddin, Rice University; Zeina Zaatari, University of Illinois at Chicago

International Advisory Board
Marilyn Booth, University of Oxford; Bahar Davary, University of San Diego; Rosa De Jorio, University of North Florida; Hoda Elsadda, Cairo University; Nadia Fadil, University of Leuven; Sarah Gualtieri, University of Southern California; Virginia Hooker, The Australian National University; Alice Horner, Independent Scholar; Amira Jarmakani, Georgia State; Afsaneh Najmabidi, Harvard University; Lyn Parker, The University of Western Australia; Shaheen Pasha, Penn State University; Julie Peteet, University of Louisville; Kathryn Robinson, The Australian National University; Therese Saliba, The Evergreen State College; Seteney Shami, Social Science Research Council; Jacqueline Siapno, University of Melbourne; Jane I. Smith, Hartford Seminary

EWIC Conversations:


Video 1: Deniz Kandiyoti and Suad Joseph

Video 2: Nilüfer Göle and Nadia Fadil

Video 3: Amina Wadud and Saadia Yacoob

Video 1: Deniz Kandiyoti and Suad Joseph - 17th May 2022


Video 2: Nilüfer Göle and Nadia Fadil - 10th September 2021


Video 3: Amina Wadud and Saadia Yacoob - 13th July 2021