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S nascent field of ur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigation as well as a radical critiue of its methods and approaches With a particular focus on feminist impasses in the ur'anic text she argues that many feminist interpretations rely on claims about fe. This book has some high ratings and perhaps rightly so on account of its potential to rejuvenate discourse in the field of Islamic feminism however I found it be disappointingly lackingHidayatullah begins with a lengthy introduction that is almost self deprecating Upset that her work should appear in any way to undermine the great works of Muslims feminists before her she seems to spend the whole introduction apologising for bringing the whole edifice of Islamic feminist scholarship down with her work but she assures us it s for the good of the cause So I braced myself for what she had to say And she said very little then for the next 130 odd pages other than to summarise all that has gone before her in this field In honesty this was actually very interesting to readand for anyone who has little or no knowledge of the Muslims scholars in this field and their works this section is very helpful in giving a brief overview and well presented introductionThen came the critiue Feminists ignore hadith that don t suit them or aren t in line with their views As if feminists are the only ones to do this and as if they do not have a criteria tawhidic paradigm belief in justice as the ultimate objective of revelation etc by which they are assessing hadith She conveniently ignores academics like Fatima Mernissi who relies heavily on the hadith literature in the formulation of her worksShe even uestions why euality should be such a desirable thing uoting Kecia Ali to ask whether it s just a concept we have been taught to demand One merely has to read history and the obvious demands made my female companions of the Prophet Muhammad to see that this desire to be addressed eually by God was something already present It is not a 21st century objective being thrust backwards onto a 7th century text I find some of her lines of uestioning on how this euality would manifest itself as immature even Then there is the singling out of uranic verses that I also found problematic That said she was honest in presenting the call by feminist exegetes towards a holistic reading of the uran which would remedy thisThere is some redemption in her final chapter Confronting Feminist Edges and for this I d bring the book back up to a three star rating rather than two Perhaps it is due to the claims of her introduction in finding huge flaws in the islamic feminism that I had great expectations and then felt rather let down when her huge flaws were in fact rather minor in my view They are or issues that are not being addressed so as such are not groundbreaking discoveries The feminists she is critiuing are not unawareI have mixed feelings about this book The introductory chapters are great for a summary of most that exists in this field The critiue is a little off piue and may have been better developed and presented not as a critiue of Islamic feminism but as her own independent contribution to ur anic scholarship Her issues seem to be much with the uran than with feminism as a discipline

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Minist justice that are not fully supported by the text and she proposes a major revision to their exegetical foundations A provocative work of Muslim feminist theology Feminist Edges of the ur'an is a vital intervention in urgent conversations about women and the ur'. Hidayatullah s critical analysis of feminist exegesis of the uran is fundamental reading It re examines the crucial works that helped establish revolutionary women s readings of the uran but at the same time provides a critical assessment of said works and how individuals can move forward as both Muslims and feminists

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Aysha Hidayatullah presents the first comprehensive analysis of contemporary feminist interpretations of the ur'an Synthesizing prominent feminist readings of the ur'an in the United States since the late twentieth century she provides an essential introduction to thi. The timing of this book seems perfect in light of the somewhat stalled project of Islamic feminism Since the first and second generation of Islamic feminist scholars little has been written about how to move forward This book mostly provides a recap of the various arguments made within Islamic feminism but also usefully ties them together to show exactly what kind of argumentation is used and what forms of authority these scholars draw on usually a combination of traditional ur anic exegesis and modern notions of gender euality It is precisely the fact however that they draw on modern notions of gender euality that explains why the Islamic feminist project can only go so far according to the author Because euality has already been pre defined by these scholars based on modern notions of not only euality but gender the Islamic feminist project is already set up to fail It is only by moving past these preconceptions and trying to understand gender at different historical periods that a useful Islamic feminism can be constructed In effect it seems that she too is calling for a form of historicizing Overall an interesting read that mirrors my own reservations with Islamic feminism and my ultimate rejection of many of the arguments that have been made by these scholars particularly ones that seem like attempts at linguistic gymnastics It is to their credit that scholars like Amina Wadud and Kecia Ali have openly admitted that some verses cannot be explained and remain problematic and sexist although Hidayatullah would probably reply sexist by which standards


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  1. says:

    The timing of this book seems perfect in light of the somewhat stalled project of Islamic feminism Since the first and second generation of Islamic feminist scholars little has been written about how to move forward This book mostly provides a recap of the various arguments made within Islamic feminism but also usefully ties them together to show exactly what kind of argumentation is used and what forms of authority these scholar

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    Aysha Hidayatullah’s Feminist Edges of the ur’an is a compelling read It engages sincerely and deeply with the increasingly significant field of feminist ur’an scholarship Heavily grounded in both the classical Islamic exegetica

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    I really enjoyed this unusual workI would recommend this book for people of strong aeedah willing to look at other opinions religiously The author doesn't seem to push one idea over the other usually but rather she

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    This is a very interesting book and one that I hope provokes some much needed discussion in some circles It certainly gave me a lot to think aboutThe first two thirds or so is essentially an excellent summary of feminist Islamic scholarship up to this point I've read many though not all of the works the author cites in this part but I still found the comprehensive overview to be a good read especially as it is less technically challenging t

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    This book has some high ratings and perhaps rightly so on account of its potential to rejuvenate discourse in the field of Islamic feminism however I found it be disappointingly lackingHidayatullah begins with a lengthy introduction that is al

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    Its a compelling read researched well thought out incredibly and written comprehensively Crticially reviewing the feminist uran exegesis Hidayathullah points out the wrongs in the gender uestions raised and the mistakes in the ways they were attempted to answer She has undertaken a herculian task challenging as it is vu

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    Hidayatullah’s critical analysis of feminist exegesis of the uran is fundamental reading It re examines the crucial works that helped establish revolutionary women’s readings of the uran but at the same time provides a critical assessment o

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    I came across this book whilst taking a class on Islamic ethics at the university which briefly dealt with Islamic

  9. says:

    Excellent work The book covers almost all important aspects of Islamic Feminism This book is being used by one of my students for her doctoral research

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    Feminist edges of the uran is an excellent book that provides the reader with the history of uranic interpretation since it's revelation up to the present day After a recap of the history Hidayatullah covers the thought of contemporary Muslim feminists and then poses challenges and critiues to their lines of thought The author does a great job and not letting the book get stuck in one particular area and keeps a steady flow without sacrific

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