"Believing women" in Islam : unreading patriarchal interpretations of the Qur'ān

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 Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believer's reading of the Qur'an that demonstrates the radically egalitarian and anti-patriarchal 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 Qur'an to justify existing religious and social structures and demonstrates that the patriarchal meanings ascribed to the Qur'an are a function of who has read it, how, and in what contexts. She goes on to reread the Qur'an's 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 Qur'an affirms the complete equality of the sexes, thereby offering an opportunity to theorise 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.

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  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements 1. The Qur'an and Muslim Women: Reading Patriarchy, Reading Liberation Part I 2. Texts and Textualities: The Qur'an, Tafs'ir, and Ah'adith 3.Intertextualities, Extratextual Contexts: The Sunnah, Shar'i"ah, and the State Part II 4. The Patriarchal Imaginary of Father's: Divine Ontology and the Prophets 5. The Qur'an, Sex/Gender, and Sexuality: Sameness, Difference, Equality 6. The Family and Marriage: Retrieving the Qur'an's Egalitarianism 7. Postscript Notes
  • Glossary
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

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書名 "Believing women" in Islam : unreading patriarchal interpretations of the Qur'ān
著作者等 Barlas, Asma
出版元 University of Texas Press
刊行年月 2002
ページ数 xvi, 254 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0292709048
NCID BA63535108
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国