Feminist Edges of the Qur’an by Aysha A. Hidayatullah

By Aysha A. Hidayatullah

Aysha Hidayatullah provides the 1st complete research of latest feminist interpretations of the Qur'an. Synthesizing in demand feminist readings of the Qur'an within the usa because the overdue 20th century, she presents a necessary advent to this nascent box of Qur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigation-as good as a thorough critique-of its tools and ways. With a selected specialise in feminist "impasses" within the Qur'anic textual content, she argues that many feminist interpretations depend upon claims approximately feminist justice that aren't absolutely supported by means of the textual content, and she or he proposes an important revision to their exegetical foundations. A provocative paintings of Muslim feminist theology, Feminist Edges of the Qur'an is an important intervention in pressing conversations approximately ladies and the Qur'an.

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2 In other words, interpreters of the Qur'an have avoided reading verses in relation to the context of their revelation for fear that this approach would imply that the Qur'an is meaningful only within certain historical contexts but not others. If the Qur'an is thus relevant only to certain times and places and peoples, it thereby ceases to be a universal revelation addressed to all humanity, which undermines the notion of its divine authorship by an omniscient and omnipresent God. '"3 Scholars of feminist tafsir, however, defend the practice of reading the Qur'an historically against the claim that this approach diminishes its universality.

As a result, we have ended up benefiting the beginners in the sciences of the Book, by expounding the occasions for which it was revealed. This is because it is the best that one ought to know and the most appropriate thing to which one should direct one's attention, since it is not possible to know the interpretation of a given verse or the meaning it alludes to without knowing its story and the occasion of its revelation. , the Persian exegete al-Wahidi pointed to the necessity of correctly understanding the circumstances of the Qur'an's revelation in order to understand its meanings, indicating that the issue of context was a significant exegetical concern long before modern Muslims' interest in the topic.

They accept anything I say in a tokenistic fashion. "102 Here, Wadud points to the frustrations still shared by many Muslim women in multifaith conversations who may feel marginalized and treated like native informants of a foreign religion rather than being stimulated and constructively challenged. I point to some of the frustrations of Muslim women in multifaith discussions not to discount or insult well-meaning efforts but rather to speak to one set of challenges in the cooperation of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women.

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