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Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an

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Does Islam call for the oppression of women? Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be "Islamic," while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believer's reading of the Qur'an that demonstrates the radically egalitarian and antipatriarchal nature of its teachings. <P>Beginning with a historical analysis of religious authority and knowledge, Barlas shows how Muslims came to read inequality and patriarchy into the Qur'an to justify existing religious and social structures and demonstrates that the patriarchal meanings ascribed to the Qur'an are a function of who has read it, how, and in what contexts. She goes on to reread the Qur'an's position on a variety of issues in order to argue that its teachings do not support patriarchy. To the contrary, Barlas convincingly asserts that the Qur'an affirms the complete equality of the sexes, thereby offering an opportunity to theorize radical sexual equality from within the framework of its teachings. This new view takes readers into the heart of Islamic teachings on women, gender, and patriarchy, allowing them to understand Islam through its most sacred scripture, rather than through Muslim cultural practices or Western media stereotypes.

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Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in Muslim countries, while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. This text develops a reading that demonstrates the egalitarian and anti-patriarchal nature of its teachings.

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Does Islam call for the oppression of women? Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be Islamic, while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believer's reading of the Qur'an that demonstrates the radically egalitarian and antipatriarchal nature of its teachings.

Beginning with a historical analysis of religious authority and knowledge, Barlas shows how Muslims came to read inequality and patriarchy into the Qur'an to justify existing religious and social structures and demonstrates that the patriarchal meanings ascribed to the Qur'an are a function of who has read it, how, and in what contexts. She goes on to reread the Qur'an's position on a variety of issues in order to argue that its teachings do not support patriarchy. To the contrary, Barlas convincingly asserts that the Qur'an affirms the complete equality of the sexes, thereby offering an opportunity to theorize radical sexual equality from within the framework of its teachings. This new view takes readers into the heart of Islamic teachings on women, gender, and patriarchy, allowing them to understand Islam through its most sacred scripture, rather than through Muslim cultural practices or Western media stereotypes.

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zerretugba, March 8, 2007 (view all comments by zerretugba)
I really recommend this book to every one. as a student of MA in hartford seminary who studies Islam for three years I really appreciate Asma's deep exploration of the most controversial issues in Quran with a profound understanding of the issues of woman and man.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780292709041
Author:
Barlas, Asma
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Location:
Austin, TX
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Women in islam
Subject:
Muslim women
Subject:
Women in the Koran
Subject:
Islam -- History.
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Islam - Koran & Sacred Writings
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Subject:
Islam-Quran
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
106-679
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.02x6.10x.65 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in Muslim countries, while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. This text develops a reading that demonstrates the egalitarian and anti-patriarchal nature of its teachings.
"Synopsis" by , Does Islam call for the oppression of women? Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be Islamic, while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believer's reading of the Qur'an that demonstrates the radically egalitarian and antipatriarchal nature of its teachings.

Beginning with a historical analysis of religious authority and knowledge, Barlas shows how Muslims came to read inequality and patriarchy into the Qur'an to justify existing religious and social structures and demonstrates that the patriarchal meanings ascribed to the Qur'an are a function of who has read it, how, and in what contexts. She goes on to reread the Qur'an's position on a variety of issues in order to argue that its teachings do not support patriarchy. To the contrary, Barlas convincingly asserts that the Qur'an affirms the complete equality of the sexes, thereby offering an opportunity to theorize radical sexual equality from within the framework of its teachings. This new view takes readers into the heart of Islamic teachings on women, gender, and patriarchy, allowing them to understand Islam through its most sacred scripture, rather than through Muslim cultural practices or Western media stereotypes.

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