By Saeed Ansari Nadwi. Women were looked down upon in Arabia - nay, all over the world - before Islam. The Quran emphasised her status and Muslims came to respect and value her. Islam defined the rights of women and in the words of a Hadith, "the woman is the guardian of her husband's household." This book recalls the lives of the Prophet's wives and daughters, and other famous women and emphasizes their fields of excellence. Their exploits cover the religious, political and literary fields. They used to weave cloth, till the soil, engage in writing and do business. This work offers powerful lessons for today, especially in light of abberant customs disrespecting women among some populations in the Muslim and non-Muslim world. The authors have done a painstaking job and the translator has done justice, to their work. Dar-ul-Ishaat (2009), English, Hardcover: 302 pages.