Quran and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Womans Perspective

Paperback | April 1, 1999

byAmina Wadud

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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 itout 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 historicallyand 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 mutualcollaboration between men and women than as yet attained by Muslims or non-Muslims.

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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 itout of the shadows. Muslim progressives have ...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 5.31 × 8.11 × 0.51 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blasphemous This book has some pretty strong arguments to it. However, Ms Wadud only gave one side of the story while she was translating the verses of the Quran. She took what she wanted and shunned the rightoues things. It is however a must read for every Muslim. It is unfortunately not a 'must have a home shelf' book. Just rent it from the library and return it. In COnclusion, not a good book directing to Islam.
Date published: 2005-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no evidence this is the a poorly researched book. It is basically base on what Amina Wadud thinks and not based on islamic evidence.
Date published: 2005-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reading it like it is. Amina Wadud's Qu'ran and Woman is a must have for any Muslim, especially a woman. It sets things straight using the language itself. The power of this book is that Wadud explicates the Quran and deciphers the correct translation and terminology of the Quran. This simplicity unveils the problems and biases of all other translations thus far. It reveals the inherent patriarchy of all other male derived explanations so eloquently and academically that this book should become the standard. The only drawback is that it is not a comprehensive translation but one concentrated to subject areas on the equality of women and men.
Date published: 2002-10-12

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"Excellent study. Important for cross-cultural women's studies."--Sr.Martha Ann Kirk, University of the Incarnate Word