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Chosen among Women Chosen among Women Mary and Fatima in Medieval Christianity and Shi`ite Islam Mary F. Thurlkill University of Notre Dame Press Notre Dame, Indiana Copyright © 2007 by University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana 46566 All Rights Reserved Manufactured in the United States of America Reprinted in 2010 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Thurlkill, Mary F., 1969– Chosen among women : Mary and Fatima in medieval Christianity and Shi`ite Islam / Mary F. Thurlkill. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-268-04231-8 (pbk. : alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-268-04231-4 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint—History of doctrines—Middle Ages, 600–1500. 2. Fatimah, d. 632 or 3. 3. Shi`ah—Doctrines—History. I. Title BT612.T48 2007 232.91—dc22 2007033025 This book is printed on recycled paper. Thurkill_FINAL.indd iv 9/26/2007 7:52:04 AM For Edmund and Geraldine Thurlkill And for my students, who always challenge and inspire ...