Feminist Edges of the Quran

Paperback | April 8, 2014

byAysha A. Hidayatullah

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Aysha A. Hidayatullah offers the first comprehensive examination of contemporary feminist Qur'anic interpretation, exploring its dynamic challenges to Islamic tradition and contemporary Muslim views of the Qur'an. She analyzes major feminist readings of the Qur'an beginning in the latetwentieth century, synthesizing their common concepts and methods and revealing their vital part in the development of the nascent field of Qur'anic tafsir (exegesis). Hidayatullah contributes her own critical assessment of feminist 'impasses' in the Qur'anic text and the field's appeals to the principles of equality and justice. She expands these observations into a radical critique of feminist approaches to the Qur'an, arguing that the feminist exegeticalendeavor has reached a point of irresolvable contradiction by making claims about the Qur'an that are not fully supported by the text. Hidayatullah outlines major challenges to the authority of feminist interpretations of the Qur'an and interrogates the feminist premises on which they have relied,questioning the viability of current strands of feminist Qur'anic interpretation and proposing a major revision of its exegetical positions. An innovative work of Muslim feminist theology, this volume offers an essential contribution to conversations about feminist tafsir and asking bold questions at the 'edge' of Qur'anic interpretation.

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Aysha A. Hidayatullah offers the first comprehensive examination of contemporary feminist Qur'anic interpretation, exploring its dynamic challenges to Islamic tradition and contemporary Muslim views of the Qur'an. She analyzes major feminist readings of the Qur'an beginning in the latetwentieth century, synthesizing their common concep...

Aysha A. Hidayatullah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199359571

ISBN - 13:9780199359578

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: Historical Emergence of Feminist Qur'anic Interpretation1. History of Tafsir2. The Frames of Feminism3. Relationships to Co-Religionists and the StatePart II: Three Interpretive Methods of Feminist Qur'anic Interpretation4. Historical Contextualization Method5. Intra-Textual Method6. The Tawhidic ParadigmPart III: Critiques of Feminist Qur'anic Interpretation7. Initial Conclusions8. A Critical Reassessment9. Confronting Feminist EdgesAppendix of Qur'anic VersesNotesBibliography