In search for the ideal spouse

Nadia Maria El Cheikh

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This paper discusses the material related to marriage in two adab anthologies, namely the 'Uyn al-akhbr of Ibn Qutayba and al- 'Iqd al-fard of Ibn Abd Rabbih. The first part discusses the particular caveats and concerns when dealing with such compilations. The second part details the findings relating to marriage and the attributes of the "ideal spouse."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-196
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2002


  • adab
  • islamic
  • marriage
  • methodology
  • spouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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