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V.G. Kiernan, 4 May 1989

Jewish History: Essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky 
edited by Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steven Zipperstein.
Peter Halban, 700 pp., £30, January 1989, 1 870015 19 3
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A History of Islamic Societies 
by Ira Lapidus.
Cambridge, 1002 pp., £35, July 1988, 0 521 22552 3
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... enabling some of them to come forward as spiritual leaders. This notion is firmly contradicted by Ada Rapoport-Albert, one of two women among the three writers on the subject. ‘Hasidism did not evolve an ideology of female leadership, any more than it improved the position of women within the family or set out to educate them.’ Elsewhere we see much ...

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