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Book Club: Qur'an and Woman cont'd - CHAPTER 2

  • Aug 16, 2013 · 6:45 PM
  • John H. Holmes Community House

Please join us as we continue reading Amina Wadud's Qur'an and Woman.  We will be reading and discussing Chapter 2 of her book. In this chapter, Amina focuses on "The Qur'anic View of Woman in This World," as well as "The Significance of the Women Mentioned or Referred to in the Qur'an."

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.


More generally about the book:

Fourteen centuries of Islamic thought have produced a legacy of interpretive readings of the Qu'ran written almost entirely by men. 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. 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. For many, the way to reform is the reexamination and reinterpretation of religious texts.
Qu'ran and Woman contributes a gender inclusive reading to one of the most fundamental disciplines in Islamic thought, Qu'ranic exegesis. 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. What her analysis clarifies is the lack of gender bias, precedence, or prejudice in the essential language of the Qur'an.
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. (Oxford University Press)

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  • Syed (.

    I did go to the community center next to the church but the door was locked. How is one suppose to enter this place ?

    August 17, 2013

  • Syed (.

    So I am outside waiting for someone to open the doors... No one is responding to the buzzer

    August 16, 2013

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