Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith and Jurisprudence

In this updated and expanded edition of her ground-breaking work, feminist Muslim scholar Dr Kecia Ali asks how one can determine what makes sex lawful and ethical in the sight of God. Drawing on both revealed and interpretative muslim texts, making this an invaluable resource for students, scholars, Ali critiques medieval and contemporary commentators alike to produce a balanced and comprehensive study of a subject both sensitive and urgent, and interested readers.

Oneworld Publications. Whether exploring the thorny issues of wives' sexual duties, or sex outside marriage, divorce, homosexuality, discussions of sexual ethics and Islam often spark heated conflict rather than reasoned argument.

Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate

Are islamic societies inherently oppressive to women? is the trend among islamic women to appear once again in veils and other traditional clothing a symbol of regression or an effort to return to a “pure” Islam that was just and fair to both sexes? In this book Leila Ahmed adds a new perspective to the current debate about women and Islam by exploring its historical roots, tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender from the ancient world to the present.

In order to distinguish what was distinctive about the earliest Islamic doctrine on women, Ahmed first describes the gender systems in place in the Middle East before the rise of Islam. She then focuses on those arab societies that played a key role in elaborating the dominant Islamic discourses about women and gender: Arabia during the period in which Islam was founded; Iraq during the classical age, when the prescriptive core of legal and religious discourse on women was formulated; and Egypt during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when exposure to Western societies led to dramatic social change and to the emergence of new discourses on women.

Yale University Press. Her book is thus a fascinating survey of Islamic debates and ideologies about women and the historical circumstances of their position in society, the first such discussion using the analytic tools of contemporary gender studies. Throughout, ahmed not only considers the Islamic texts in which central ideologies about women and gender developed or were debated but also places this discourse in its social and historical context.


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

What her analysis clarifies is the lack of gender bias, precedence, or prejudice in the essential language of the Qur'an. For many, the way to reform is the reexamination and reinterpretation of religious texts. Despite much qu'ranic evidence about the significance of women, gender reform in Muslim society has been stubbornly resisted.

Wadud's reading of the qu'ran confirms women's equality and constitutes legitimate grounds for contesting the unequal treatment that women have experienced historically and continue to experience legally in Muslim communities. The qu'ran does not prescribe one timeless and unchanging social structure for men and women, Wadud argues lucidly, affirming that the Qu'ran holds greater possibilities for guiding human society to a more fulfilling and productive mutual collaboration between men and women than as yet attained by Muslims or non-Muslims.

Yale University Press. Now, with qu'ran and woman, amina wadud provides a first interpretive reading by a woman, a reading which validates the female voice in the Qu'ran and brings it out of the shadows. Oxford university Press USA. Muslim progressives have long argued that it is not the religion but patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qu'ran that have kept women oppressed.

Wadud breaks down specific texts and key words which have been used to limit women's public and private role, even to justify violence toward Muslim women, revealing that their original meaning and context defy such interpretations. Fourteen centuries of islamic thought have produced a legacy of interpretive readings of the Qu'ran written almost entirely by men.

Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation

Stowasser fills the void with this study on the women of Islamic sacred history. Oxford university Press USA. Stowasser establishes the link between the female figure as cultural symbol, and Islamic self-perceptions from the beginning to the present time. Despite the popular attention surrounding Middle Eastern attitudes toward women, there has been little systematic study of the statements regarding women in the Qur'an.

By telling their stories in Qur'an and interpretation, she introduces Islamic doctrine and its past and present socio-economic and political applications. Islamic ideas about women and their role in society spark considerable debate both in the Western world and in the Islamic world itself. Oxford university Press USA.

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The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women's Rights In Islam

Oxford university Press USA. Convinced that the veil is a symbol of unjust male authority over women, in The Veil and the Male Elite, Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi aims to investigate the origins of the practice in the first Islamic community. Oxford university Press USA. Yale University Press.

Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims

This is the first book length treatment to offer a detailed analysis of how Islamic scripture, jurisprudence, and Hadith, can not only accommodate a sexually sensitive Islam, but actively endorse it. One even appears to actively endorse love between men. Oxford university Press USA. An independent research scholar in Islamic studies, he has previously held positions at Duke University, the University of Cape Town, and Swarthmore College.

In its narrative of lot, the Qur’an could be interpreted as condemning lust rather homosexuality. While some hadith are fiercely critical of homosexuality, some are far more equivocal. Oneworld Publications. Likewise, numerous scholars and commentators maintain that the Qur’an and Hadith rule unambiguously against same-sex relations.

Yale University Press. Throughout the muslim world, it is met with hostility, where state punishments range from hefty fines to the death penalty. Homosexuality is anathema to Islam – or so the majority of both believers and non-believers suppose. Scott kugle is the first Muslim to publish widely on the issue of homosexuality and Islam.

This pioneering study argues that there is far more nuance to the matter than most believe. Oxford university Press USA.

Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam

This separated them decisively from monotheists who adhered to the Gospels or Torah. The origins of Islam have been the subject of increasing controversy in recent years. He argues that the origins of islam lie in what we may call the "Believers' movement" begun by the prophet Muhammad―a movement of religious reform emphasizing strict monotheism and righteous behavior in conformity with God's revealed law.

Oneworld Publications. The conviction that muslims constituted a separate religious community, when the leaders of the Believers' movement decided that only those who saw the Qur'an as the final revelation of the One God and Muhammad as the final prophet, emerged a century later, utterly distinct from Christians and Jews, qualified as Believers.

Oxford university Press USA. In muhammad and the believers, the eminent historian Fred Donner offers a lucid and original vision of how Islam first evolved. Oxford university Press USA. The traditional view, which presents islam as a self-consciously distinct religion tied to the life and revelations of the prophet Muhammad in western Arabia, has since the 1970s been challenged by historians engaged in critical study of the Muslim sources.

The believers' movement thus included righteous Christians and Jews in its early years, because like the Qur'anic Believers, Christians and Jews were monotheists and agreed to live righteously in obedience to their revealed law. Yale University Press.

Feminist Edges of the Qur'an

Aysha hidayatullah presents the first comprehensive analysis of contemporary feminist interpretations of the Qur'an. A provocative work of muslim feminist theology, Feminist Edges of the Qur'an is a vital intervention in urgent conversations about women and the Qur'an. With a particular focus on feminist "impasses" in the Qur'anic text, she argues that many feminist interpretations rely on claims about feminist justice that are not fully supported by the text, and she proposes a major revision to their exegetical foundations.

Oxford university Press UK. Synthesizing prominent feminist readings of the qur'an in the United States since the late twentieth century, she provides an essential introduction to this nascent field of Qur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigation-as well as a radical critique-of its methods and approaches.

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Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations

They offer the vision of a meaningful and just life that anchors the religion of one-fifth of the world’s inhabitants. Oxford university Press USA. Professor michael sells has captured the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras of the Qur’án, the sacred scripture of Islam. Approaching the Qur’án is a major event in religious publishing.

Yale University Press. Oxford university Press UK. The book includes sells’ introduction to the Qur’án, a glossary of technical terms, commentaries of the suras, and chapters discussing the sound nature and gender aspects of the Arabic text. These suras contain some of the most powerful, prophetic and revelatory passages in religious history.

Approaching the qur'án is enriched by inclusion of free downloadable audio recordings of Quranic reciters, allowing readers an opportunity to hear the Qur'án in its original form. In this second edition, sells introduces important new translations of suras and a new preface that addresses the ongoing controversy over teaching about Islam and the Qur’an in American universities.

Oneworld Publications. White Cloud Press. Approaching the qur’án presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic suras associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. Oxford university Press USA.

How to Be a Muslim: An American Story

Oxford university Press USA. In high school he was barely a believer and entirely convinced he was going to hell. This is the story of the second-generation immigrant, of what it’s like to lose yourself between cultures and how to pick up the pieces. He didn’t pray regularly. Oxford university Press UK. To be true to himself, he needed to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality.

All he wanted was a girlfriend. But as he discovered, it wasn’t so easy to leave religion behind. How to be a muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder.

A young muslim leader’s memoir of his struggles to forge an american Muslim identityHaroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University’s Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print. Oneworld Publications.

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The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Islam

Beacon Press. Unprecedented in scope and approach, the norton anthology of World Religions: Islam brings together over 100 texts from the Qur’an in the seventh century to feminist and pluralist readings of the Qur’an in the twenty-first century. Oxford university Press USA. The selections are supported by the meticulously prepared apparatus―introductions, maps, explanatory annotations, bibliographies, and glossaries―for which Norton Anthologies have set the standard for fifty years.

Oxford university Press USA. This anthology unites foundational works―the bhagavad gita, the Qur’an―with the writings of scholars, and skeptics whose voices have kept these religions vital for centuries, seekers, believers, the Daode jing, the Bible, allowing instructors to shape a variety of courses.

This groundbreaking new norton Anthology enables the six major, living, international world religions to speak to students in their own words. Oneworld Publications. The volume features jack miles’s illuminating general introduction―“how the west Learned to Compare Religions”―as well as Jane Dammen McAuliffe’s “Submission to God as the Wellspring of a Civilization, ” a lively primer on the history and core tenets of Islam.

Yale University Press. Oxford university Press UK. Edited by world-renowned scholars under the direction of pulitzer prize–winner jack Miles, Daoism, Judaism, Buddhism, The Norton Anthology of World Religions provides a flexible library of more than 1, Christianity, 000 primary texts from the world’s major religions―Hinduism, and Islam―in six portable paperbacks.