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Inside The Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam

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In this engaging study, Dr Amina Wadud, an Afro-American Muslim herself, introduces the feminist movement in Islam and delves into its challenges, its textual foundations in the Qur'an and its achievements. Beginning with her own place in the effort for greater justice for women in Islam, Wadud goes on tackle a number of pertinent issues, including the state of Muslim wome ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Oneworld Publications
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Brian Wright
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this for a class that I didn't enjoy so this review is difficult. That being said I do enjoy Wadud's approach but have only one major problem: her message is so far off to the right that she fails to be relevant to the Islamic world outside of the most radically liberal/Western circles. Perhaps that is what she wants and she feels that the dynamic needs to change and refuses to take part in the traditional discussion. I do get angry however that many of her views, which I think are necess ...more
Charlie Hersh
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wadud is absolutely brilliant, and it really shows through her past efforts to affirm her place within Islam as an African-American woman, her observations about gender, and her interpretations of the Qur'an and how those interpretations affect the ummah as a whole. She writes with a power and determination that are really admirable, and challenges a lot of harmful assumptions about the hijab, sexuality, femininity, and motherhood. I particularly loved her reimaginings of central Islamic terms s ...more
Zahra Khan
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Wish the rating system had more gradations.

I liked the points she makes and there are some heart breakingly illuminating ideas in the book.

The reason for my lower rating is I found it hard to take the book as a coherent whole. Each chapter feels like a distinctly different topic with only a small attempt to tie them together.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
ini dia, baru saja mulai baca, jadi ya ... gak bisa ngasih tahu apa-apa, selain covernya bergambar sepasang mata seorang perempuan yang diasumsikan sebagai perempuan muslim, dan warna putih yang melingkupi itu diasumsikan hijab lengkapnya...
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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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