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Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Quran
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Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Quran by Asma Barlas

Does Islam call for the oppression of women? Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be Islamic, while many Muslims read the Quran in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believers reading of the Quran that demonstrates the radically egalitarian and antipatriarchal nature of its teachings.Beginning with a historical analysis of religious authority and knowledge, Barlas shows how Muslims came to read inequality and patriarchy into the Quran to justify existing religious and social structures and demonstrates that the patriarchal meanings ascribed to the Quran are a function of who has read it, how, and in what contexts. She goes on to reread the Qurans position on a variety of issues in order to argue that its teachings do not support patriarchy. To the contrary, Barlas convincingly asserts that the Quran affirms the complete equality of the sexes, thereby offering an opportunity to theorize radical sexual equality from within the framework of its teachings. This new view takes readers into the heart of Islamic teachings on women, gender, and patriarchy, allowing them to understand Islam through its most sacred scripture, rather than through Muslim cultural practices or Western media stereotypes.

Author: Asma Barlas

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 272

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Publication Date: 2002-06-15

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