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Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective

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A pro-faith attempt by a Muslim woman to present a comprehensive, female-inclusive reading of the Qur'an, the sacred Islamic text.
Paperback, 118 pages
Published June 10th 1999 by Oxford University Press (first published 1992)
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Jul 02, 2007 Lubna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in Islam & women
Wadud focuses exclusively on how women are discussed & mentioned in the Qur'an - she dissects & analyzes the arabic words & terminology surrounding women, discusses grammatical structure & syntax, and uses the word Weltanschauung a lot (my new favorite word) - through her analysis she demonstrates that some 'conventional' understandings of women in the Qur'an are incorrect & problematic. While I enjoyed reading her work, I do think that it would have been improved by citation ...more
This is the first time that i've read a religious text and i didn't find myself poking holes in it, simply it made sense. Amina did a beautiful job of deconstructing the verses, clearing the linguistic ambiguity and putting the verses in perspective on top of displaying them in the collective worldview that the Qur'an is painting. A must read. she tackled all the gender issues from the misunderstood male superiority to inheritance,polygamy, beating. basically every controversial female issue in ...more
What I appreciate most about Wadud's approach is that it implies that interpreting meaning and arriving at justifications for religious practice/belief has a lot to do with whether or not:

1. a person has strong reading skills.
2. a person applies a set of particular biases to a text in a way that obscures its context, meaning, and intended application.
3. a person is able to navigate whatever relationship there might be between human knowledge and divine knowledge...because there's a gap between t
A liberal contemporary exegesis. Makes a good point about how tafsir (Quran Exegesis)has for the most part been the exclusive domain of men. Of course there are exceptions that she doesn't consider, such as Aisha and other female companions of the Prophet like Umm Ayman, Umm Habiba. Then throughout the history there were female scholars such as Sitt al-Mashaykh who were renown for their knowledge of the Quranic sciences.

Amina Wadud's hermeneutic methodology is to deal with the authoritative expl
Actually rereading this book because of a recent encounter I had with a male who interprets the Qur'an and Islam in ways that frightened me.

This text explains the gendered nature of the Arabic language used in the Qur'an and how translations of the text do not provide the nuances necessary to interpret the text in any way other than an androcentric manner. Also, native Arabic interpreters of the text often provide notoriously inflexible readings rendered to keep women in a subservient position r
I read this piece in conjunction with Leila Ahmed's Women and Gender in Islam. Each provide a great first attempt in tackling a then-novel conversation in contemporary Islamic social justice - that of male exceptionalism from the dawn of Islamic scholarly discourse, which largely excluded women who too sought belonging in Islam. Until their books in 1992, questioning this status quo was unheard of.

Wadud begins the conversation with expressing the need for a recentering of Islamic discourse on th
Interesting and to-the-point, but it was sometimes a little short on textual evidence. It did tend to feel a little too apologist and biased, but I suppose that's unavoidable when discussing religion and interpretations of sacred texts. We all get out of it what we want to get out of it, and so on.

Anyways, I read it for school and it wasn't too dreadful, but I wouldn't recommend it for personal reading unless you're really, really into the subject.
Flopperstein (Shajeela)
Amina Wadud is great at what she does. Unlike other known scholars though, she does not force her ideas on to you nor does she claim to be a feminist with vehement hatred towards all men. For her this book isnt anbout 'women' or just the Quran. Its about the misinterpretation of the Quran or our tendency to take the interpretations of someone else as the true word of God. She touches a few obvious points such as the role of women and men, marriage etc. Mostly, Wadud is asking us to understand th ...more
Amanda Jaczkowski
Mar 17, 2014 Amanda Jaczkowski rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Academics, Muslims
As usual, Amina Wadud exudes feminist theory. Short, but definitely an interesting read. Especially when pointing out simple factors such as the linguistic qualities of the Arabic language, Wadud manages to make logical progress out of her line of thought. As with many languages, masculine plural is used as the gender neutral term. Wadud projects this into Quranic text and suggests a much more gender neutral scripture than is typically interpreted. Another interesting example was how she examine ...more
A topic that I have been wanting to learn about. I just wish there was more...of what, I'm not exactly sure.
Khadijah Abdul
May 03, 2012 Khadijah Abdul marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-started
Have just ordered on my kindle, once uni is finished with will begin to all my new books
Read this in university Islam class taught by Dr. Wadud and enjoyed it.
I have never read a book on the Quran and it's interpretation and wanted to cry the way I do reading this book. So many of the questions, inconsistencies and double standards that I have pondered I have found echoed and remedied eloquently and fairly by Amina Wadud. I am so disappointed by the many muslims that have rejected and slandered Dr Wadud's books and works without even so much as having read any of her writings, instead going by distorted and sensationalist hearsay. Dr Wadud has done a ...more
Sara Salem
This book was ground-breaking for me on a spiritual and personal level when I read it six years ago, but since then I've developed a lot of critiques towards Islamic feminism.
Mohamed Yosri
Reinterpretation of Al-Quran. Banned in Malaysia as deviant.

Penafsiran semula AL-Quran. Diharamkan di Malaysia sebagai menyeleweng.
Martyn Rush
'I propose that the way to believe in the 'whole of the book' (3:119) is to recognise that 'spirit' of the book and accept its worldview, vision, and ultimate intent.'
Definitely a scholar's book. Wadud would do better if all of her statements were cited better I think, but that is not to say that she plagiarized, because obviously a lot of the information is from her.
The book is pretty dry (but interesting), so though it is small, many people might take a few days reading it.
She gives a lot of information to digest and presents it in a way that is hard to disagree with. This is a great book for any feminist Muslim
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Very interesting research

it concludes the conformation of women's equality to men as a basis of faithfulness in Islam

after reading this book you would have in hand all the evidents needed to state a female person in Islam intended to be a full independent human being equal to all who accepted Allah as a lord, Muhammad as prophet, and Islam as a faith
Apr 29, 2007 Dalia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want a woman's perspective on controversial Islamic issues
I liked the author's discussion of some of the controversial issues that I've wondered about with regard to Muslim women in Islam. She supports her ideas with verses from the Qur'an and includes the various interpretations of our prominent scholars and thinkers in the Muslim world-and why she agrees or disagrees with their views. I think it's a good reference.
Nov 22, 2007 Calley marked it as to-read
This might be a good counter point to Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who says that Islamic is inherently sexist and degrading to women.
Not quite tight logically. Pretty basic knowledge that people already know. Nothing profound to add to the discourse.
Written from a very 'progressive' viewpoint; doesn't reflect the majority of Muslim women's beliefs.
Amr Wahby
i like the way of writting and arrangment of the book , but she cant convince me by her idea .
Ellen Keim
Very scholarly. I think I need to read it again to get the most out of it.
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Dr Amina Wadud is a professor of Islamic Studies and a mother of five. She is the author of "Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective."
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