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Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective

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Fourteen centuries of Islamic thought have produced a legacy of interpretive readings of the Qu'ran written almost entirely by men. Now, with Qu'ran and Woman, Amina Wadud provides a first interpretive reading by a woman, a reading which validates the female voice in the Qu'ran and brings it out of the shadows. Muslim progressives have long argued that it is not the religion but patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qu'ran that have kept women oppressed. For many, the way to reform is the reexamination and reinterpretation of religious texts.

Qu'ran and Woman contributes a gender inclusive reading to one of the most fundamental disciplines in Islamic thought, Qu'ranic exegesis. Wadud breaks down specific texts and key words which have been used to limit women's public and private role, even to justify violence toward Muslim women, revealing that their original meaning and context defy such interpretations. What her analysis clarifies is the lack of gender bias, precedence, or prejudice in the essential language of the Qur'an.

Despite much Qu'ranic evidence about the significance of women, gender reform in Muslim society has been stubbornly resisted. Wadud's reading of the Qu'ran confirms women's equality and constitutes legitimate grounds for contesting the unequal treatment that women have experienced historically and continue to experience legally in Muslim communities. The Qu'ran does not prescribe one timeless and unchanging social structure for men and women, Wadud argues lucidly, affirming that the Qu'ran holds greater possibilities for guiding human society to a more fulfilling and productive mutual collaboration between men and women than as yet attained by Muslims or non-Muslims.

Synopsis:

The first pro-faith attempt by a Muslim woman to present a comprehensive, female-inclusive reading of the "Qu'ran", the sacred Islamic text.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-116) and index.

About the Author

Amina Wadud is an Islamic Studies Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195128369
Author:
Wadud, Amina
Author:
Wadud-Muhsin, Amina
Author:
Wadud, Amina
Author:
null, Amina
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Women in the Koran
Subject:
Islam - Koran & Sacred Writings
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Theology | Islam
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Islam
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Islam
Subject:
Islam-Quran
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
color illus.
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.25x5.49x.43 in. .40 lbs.

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