Quran of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam by Shadaab Rahemtulla

Quran of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam

byShadaab Rahemtulla

Hardcover | February 28, 2017

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This study analyses the commentaries of four Muslim intellectuals who have turned to scripture as a liberating text to confront an array of problems, from patriarchy, racism, and empire to poverty and interreligious communal violence. Shadaab Rahemtulla considers the exegeses of the SouthAfrican Farid Esack (b. 1956), the Indian Asghar Ali Engineer (1939-2013), the African American Amina Wadud (b. 1952), and the Pakistani American Asma Barlas (b. 1950). Rahemtulla examines how these intellectuals have been able to expound this seventh-century Arabian text in a socially liberatingway, addressing their own lived realities of oppression, and thus contexts that are worlds removed from that of the text's immediate audience. Through a close reading of their works, he underlines the importance of both the ethico-social content of the Qur'an and their usage of new and innovativereading practices.This work provides a rich analysis of the thought-ways of specific Muslim intellectuals, thereby substantiating a broadly framed school of thought. Rahemtulla draws out their specific and general importance without displaying an uncritical sympathy. He sheds light on the impact of modern exegeticalcommentary which is more self-consciously concerned with historical context and present realities. In a mutually reinforcing way, this work thus illuminates both the role of agency and hermeneutical approaches in modern Islamic thought.

About The Author

Shadaab Rahemtulla is Assistant Professor in the School of International Studies at the University of Jordan, where he offers coursework on Islam, human rights, and qualitative research methods. An Indo-Canadian Muslim from Vancouver, he received his doctorate in contemporary Islamic thought at the University of Oxford.

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Title:Quran of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in IslamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019879648X

ISBN - 13:9780198796480

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Introduction1. Theology of the Margins: The Reading of Farid Esack2. From the Hereafter to the Here and Now: The Reading of Asghar Ali Engineer3. Gender Justice as a Way of Life4. Against Patriarchy: The Reading of Asma BarlasConclusions: On Thematic ReadingsSelect GlossarySelect Bibliography