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


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

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    Amina Wadud(Author)
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 womens 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.

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

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Book details

  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Amina Wadud(Author)
  • Oxford University Press; 2 edition (10 Jun. 1999)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Rukshana Afia on 13 June 2015

    Very academic in approach but more unanswerable for it . Highly recommended .

  • By Guest on 9 February 2015

    Very enlightening and nice to get an objective, fresh reading

  • By Charles Simmonds on 21 February 2013

    Amina Wadud is a convert to Islam. This scholarly book was first published in 1992 based on extensive and intensive study. When the Qur'an was written until fairly recently women were thought inferior. Ms Wadud shows this has led to people misreading the original Arabic because translations often use "men" when the Arabic means "men and women". Nowadays people often use "humankind" instead of "mankind" to avoid this type of error.She says the Qur'an shows the Lord produced men and women and in many respects of equal value. She believes Islam is valid today for men and women and need not be based on the morals of the old Bedouin tribes. This still leaves open the problem that current knowledge of the universe shows that the type of superhuman god envisaged could not apparently function. Recent knowledge is that even at the speed of light the universe is too big for information to travel so far and be used even by a god.

  • By carmen on 11 November 2012

    the title says it all : a must to anyone searching for the truth about the Book and women. we need more female scholars to give birth to the real islam. it would be a favor to the community and to mankind, we muslim/as (should) have so much to offer.

  • By Aysha on 5 June 2015


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