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Minist justice that are not fully supported by the text and she proposes a major revision to their exegetical foundations A provocative work of Muslim feminist theology Feminist Edges of the ur'an is a vital intervention in urgent conversations about women and the ur'. I came across this book whilst taking a class on Islamic ethics at the university which briefly dealt with Islamic feminism I was hoping to learn and can definitely recommend this book as an introduction for anyone new to this field Hidayatullah after discussing why the feminist label is used or avoided does a great job of presenting the shared methodologies and interpretative strategies of many well known feminist exegetes of the ur an Not merely describing she offers a critiue and her own thoughts on how to move forward Much of the readings offered by the feminists came across as apologetic and unconvincing I ve recently read Khaled Abou El Fadl s book Reasoning with God Reclaiming Shari ah in the Modern Age which I actually thought made a much better case for feminist readings even though that wasn t the focus of the book I do have to admit that I see the interpretative gymnastics sometimes undertaken by the feminists as a sign of their dedication to their faith One of the failings of both modernists and feminists is that they are often opportunistic in their selection of hadith and use of the Sunnah Of course they both point out that citation is always subject to selection and authority always subject to choice but one expects them to form a solid methodology to ensure a reading that is true and sincere The frameworks used by the feminists the tawhid doctrine historical contextualization and the intratextual method do not prevent a neglect or abuse of the tradition in fact it is in service of these frameworks that the feminists have tended to force certain interpretations on the text Another interesting point of critiue was that the feminists often in presenting their readings as the only true or final reading are guilty of the same fault of which they accuse traditional scholars authoritarian readings that deny their own fallibility and thereby are guilty of offending the DivineHidayatullah uestions the very demand for euality by the feminists which I think is necessary Not to undermine it but to establish it as an authentic Islamic demand She asks in what way Muslim feminists conceptualization of gender sex euality gender justice differs from that of other feminists and how it is grounded in the Islamic experience and religion Regardless of your own thoughts on this subject you should read this book to see just how beautiful and complicated understanding God can be

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S nascent field of ur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigation as well as a radical critiue of its methods and approaches With a particular focus on feminist impasses in the ur'anic text she argues that many feminist interpretations rely on claims about fe. Its a compelling read researched well thought out incredibly and written comprehensively Crticially reviewing the feminist uran exegesis Hidayathullah points out the wrongs in the gender uestions raised and the mistakes in the ways they were attempted to answer She has undertaken a herculian task challenging as it is vulnerable in multiple ways one for shaking the ground of islamic feminism which is a fruit of the decades painstaking labour and also because this could be easily used by Islamophobes and androcentrism seeking religious Yet she has managed to articulate nuancedly about the choices must be aware of and acknowledge not just while approaching to comprehend uraan but what we mean as Islam and how we live as muslims

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Aysha Hidayatullah presents the first comprehensive analysis of contemporary feminist interpretations of the ur'an Synthesizing prominent feminist readings of the ur'an in the United States since the late twentieth century she provides an essential introduction to thi. The timing of this book seems perfect in light of the somewhat stalled project of Islamic feminism Since the first and second generation of Islamic feminist scholars little has been written about how to move forward This book mostly provides a recap of the various arguments made within Islamic feminism but also usefully ties them together to show exactly what kind of argumentation is used and what forms of authority these scholars draw on usually a combination of traditional ur anic exegesis and modern notions of gender euality It is precisely the fact however that they draw on modern notions of gender euality that explains why the Islamic feminist project can only go so far according to the author Because euality has already been pre defined by these scholars based on modern notions of not only euality but gender the Islamic feminist project is already set up to fail It is only by moving past these preconceptions and trying to understand gender at different historical periods that a useful Islamic feminism can be constructed In effect it seems that she too is calling for a form of historicizing Overall an interesting read that mirrors my own reservations with Islamic feminism and my ultimate rejection of many of the arguments that have been made by these scholars particularly ones that seem like attempts at linguistic gymnastics It is to their credit that scholars like Amina Wadud and Kecia Ali have openly admitted that some verses cannot be explained and remain problematic and sexist although Hidayatullah would probably reply sexist by which standards


10 thoughts on “Feminist Edges of the uran

  1. says:

    The timing of this book seems perfect in light of the somewhat stalled project of Islamic feminism Since the first and second generation of Islamic feminist scholars little has been written about how to move forward This book mostly provides a recap of the various arguments made within Islamic feminism but also usefully ties them together to show exactly what kind of argumentation is used and what forms of authority these scholars draw on

  2. says:

    Aysha Hidayatullah’s Feminist Edges of the ur’an is a compelling read It engages sincerely and deeply with the increasingly significant field of feminist ur’an scholarship Heavily grounded in both the classical Islamic exegetical tradition and modern feminist theory Dr Hidayatullah does an excellent job in laying out her arguments The prose is engaging and the book is generally well organized At its core the work is a radic

  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this unusual workI would recommend this book for people of strong aeedah willing to look at other opinions religiously The author doesn't seem to push one idea over the other usually but rather she asks us what we

  4. says:

    This is a very interesting book and one that I hope provokes some much needed discussion in some circles It certainly gave

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    This book has some high ratings and perhaps rightly so on account of its potential to rejuvenate discourse in the field of Islamic feminism however I found it be disappointingly lackingHidayatullah begins with a

  6. says:

    Its a compelling read researched well thought out incredibly and written comprehensively Crticially reviewing the feminist uran exegesis Hidayathullah points out the wrongs in the gender uestions raised and the mistakes in the ways t

  7. says:

    Hidayatullah’s critical analysis of feminist exegesis of the uran is fundamental reading It re examines the crucial works that helped establish revolutionary women’s readings of the uran but at the same time provides a critical assessment of said works and how individuals can move forward as both Muslims and feminists

  8. says:

    I came across this book whilst taking a class on Islamic ethics at the university which briefly dealt with Islamic feminism I was hoping to learn and can definitely recommend this book as an introduction for anyone new to this field Hidayatullah – after discussing why the feminist label is used or avoided does a great job of presenting the shared methodologies and interpretative strategies of many well known feminis

  9. says:

    Excellent work The book covers almost all important aspects of Islamic Feminism This book is being used by one of my students for her doctoral research

  10. says:

    Feminist edges of the uran is an excellent book that provides the reader with the history of uranic interpretation since i

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