Feminist Edges of the Qur'an

Feminist Edges of the Qur an 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

  • Title: Feminist Edges of the Qur'an
  • Author: Aysha A. Hidayatullah
  • ISBN: 9780199359578
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 late twentieth century, synthesizing their common concepts and methods and revealing their viAysha 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 late twentieth 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 exegetical endeavor 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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    1. 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 Qur'anic exeges [...]

    2. This is a very interesting book, and one that I hope provokes some much-needed discussion in some circles. It certainly gave me a lot to think about.The first two thirds or so is essentially an excellent summary of feminist Islamic scholarship up to this point. I've read many, though not all, of the works the author cites in this part, but I still found the comprehensive overview to be a good read, especially as it is less technically challenging than some of the original works.The last third is [...]

    3. Aysha Hidayatullah’s Feminist Edges of the Qur’an is a compelling read. It engages sincerely and deeply with the increasingly-significant field of feminist Qur’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 radical critique of not only of various aspects of modernist/fe [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this unusual work!I would recommend this book for people of strong aqeedah 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 value as believers in Islam? Are we trying to put gender equality in places it isn't? Are we overlooking areas that were assumed to be sexist, but really aren't? 'Feminist Edges of the Quran' helped me understand other opinions on translations, tafsir, etc. that are [...]

    5. Its a compelling read, researched well, thought out incredibly and written comprehensively. Crticially reviewing the feminist quran exegesis, Hidayathullah points out the wrongs in the gender questions 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 I [...]

    6. 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 lacking.Hidayatullah begins with a lengthy introduction that is almost self deprecating. Upset that her work should appear in any way to undermine the great works of Muslims feminists before her, she seems to spend the whole introduction apologising for bringing the whole edifice of Islamic feminist scholarship down wi [...]

    7. 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 more 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 Qur’an. Not merely describing, she offers a critiq [...]

    8. Feminist Edges of the Qur'an presents an intellectual discussion regarding feminist interpretations of the ayas (verses) in the Qur'an that mention, discuss or refer to women. It makes many interesting and very thought provoking points, some of which might are surely to make some Muslims uncomfortable. I especially enjoyed reading Part 1 of the book: Historical Emergence of Feministic Quranic Interpretations which gave a very interesting, and informative, breakdown of where the arguments the aut [...]

    9. Feminist edges of the Quran is an excellent book that provides the reader with the history of Quranic interpretation since it's revelation up to the present day. After a recap of the history Hidayatullah covers the thought of contemporary Muslim feminists and then poses challenges and critiques to their lines of thought. The author does a great job and not letting the book get stuck in one particular area and keeps a steady flow without sacrificing content. 5 out of 5.

    10. She is so organized in the way she summarizes the history of tafsir and developments of feminism. She was a bit unclear and confusing in some of her criticisms to islamic feminism, but overall, the book is a good insight into the whole area of feminist interpretation of the Qur'an, its limits and the approaches used.

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