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

By Aysha A. Hidayatullah

Aysha Hidayatullah provides the 1st entire research of up to date feminist interpretations of the Qur'an. Synthesizing famous feminist readings of the Qur'an within the usa because the past due 20th century, she presents a necessary creation to this nascent box of Qur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigation-as good as a thorough critique-of its tools and methods. With a specific specialise in feminist "impasses" within the Qur'anic textual content, she argues that many feminist interpretations depend on claims approximately feminist justice that aren't absolutely supported by way of the textual content, and she or he proposes an immense 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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The use of male pronouns and the attribution of male qualities to God amounts to a kind of idolatry, or worship of the human male. "19 As a corrective, references to God must be understood as limited by human language and thus treated metaphorically and figuratively rather than taken literally. Ruether's Sexism and God-Talk is also significant for its reclamation of the prophetic-liberating norm of traditional Christian theology, a central belief that human beings receive the word of God in order to guide them to the prophetic end of establishing the justice and equity at the heart of Jesus' message that recognizes the dignity of all human beings.

Whatever the answers to these questions, it is apparent that feminist interpretations of the Qur'an can be invoked for contradictory aims, and it remains for scholars of feminist Qur'anic interpretation to clarify their shared and divergent interests in relation to both the state and feminist theologies of other religious traditions. Three M e t h o d s Q u r ' a n i c of F e m i n i s t I n t e r p r e t a t i o n Historical Contextualization Method Today, however, people's desires for the sciences of the Qur'an are false and restrained, as they are turned away from them.

In other words, to read the Qur'an in historical context is to uphold the Qur'an's universality. According to exegetes of feminist tafsir, a historically contextualized reading of the Qur'an not only gives credence to its universality. It also helps to produce more precise readings by aiding readers in determining whether the Qur'an is making particular or universal evaluations. They point out that, by ignoring the role of a verse's historical context in constructing its meaning, exegetes have erroneously attributed general or universal meanings to verses that address only particular, limited, or Historical Contextualization Method 67 conditional circumstances.

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