[Feminist Edges of the uran] Pdf á Aysha A. Hidayatullah


Feminist Edges of the uranI really njoyed 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 of strong aeedah willing to look at other opinions religiously The author doesn t seem to push one idea over other usually but rather she asks us what we value as believers in Islam Are we trying to put gender uality in places it isn t Are we overlooking areas that were assumed to be sexist but really aren t Feminist Edges of the uran helped me understand other opinions on translations tafsir tc that are Not As Mainstream Literally Taking as mainstream Literally taking look at the dges of Islamic thought and discerning Different Ideas It S Also Generally Well ideas It s also generally well Its a compelling read researched well thought out incredibly and written comprehensively Crticially reviewing the feminist uran xegesis 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 vulnerable in multiple ways one for shaking the ground of islamic feminism which is a fruit of the decades painstaking labour and also because this could be asily used by Islamophobes and androcentrism seeking religious Yet she has managed to articulate 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 Aysha Hidayatullah s Feminist Edges of the ur an is a compelling read It ngages sincerely and deeply with the increasingly significant field of feminist ur an scholarship Heavily grounded in both the classical Islamic xegetical tradition and modern feminist theory Dr Hidayatullah does an xcellent job in laying out her arguments The prose is This Forsaken Earth engaging and the book is generally well organized At its core the work is a radical critiue of not only of various aspects of modernistfeministxegesis of the ur an but also a critiue of how modern Muslims have approached the ur an in general It is nothing less than a systematic deconstruction of Muslim feminist approaches to the ur an over the past three decades The book does not shy away from asking the tough uestions nor from uestioning many of the fundamental assumptions that have guided feminist ur an scholarship One of the main strengths of the book is the faithful and detailed reconstruction of many of the main methodologial approaches and conclusions of feminist The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) exegesis of the ur an Having reconstructed and described the various modes of feministxegesis in considerable detail Hidayatullah then moves on to deconstructing and systematically critiuing their arguments while interjecting her own particular perspective into the discussionHidayatullah takes serious issue with the underlying assumption of feminist xegetes that the ur an promotes both functional and ontological gender uality She argues that these Campfire exegetes have not adeuately taken account of the various places in the ur an where there is anmphasis on both sexual difference as well as sexual differentiation Hidayatullah s main contention is that there is very little within the ur anic text that would support the notion put forth by the feminist xegetes that the ur an has at its core the promotion of absolute uality between men and women in fact she argues that there is strong textual Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars evidence in the ur an suggesting a fundamental ineuality More problematically for Hidayatullah is how feministxegetes have generally ignored theoretical issues around gender Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life essentialisms binaries and social construction p 129 She claims that in neglecting anxamination of gender they do not deconstruct the process by which the male subject has been universalized in the first place and the kinds of masculinity and femininity and their relational formations that persistently inform the verses of the ur an they are responding to rather they seem to take them for granted p 129 For any feminist Crazy Love exegesis to adeuately address the issue of gender justice Hidayatullah strongly argues that such a critical assessment and investigation of gender is imperative Otherwise our author argues the discourse will remain vague and ineffective Hidayatullah suggests that rather than being a problem specific to feministxegetes of the ur an this is a broader issue that has been inherited from unresolved debates on uality and difference in liberal approaches to feminismAnother major critiue that Hidayatullah puts forth is her uestioning the legitimacy of feminist xegetes unuestioned imposition of values such as contemporaneous 21st century conceptions of uality as well as a very modern understanding of male female relations on a text that was revealed in the seventh century She argues that one cannot treat uality as if it was a timeless ahistorical idea For Hidayatullah the mphasis on uality is the product of modernity and derives from particular assumptions about the nature of society which barely Black Heart, Red Ruby existed in the seventh century It is thus illogical to impose this criterion with such rigidity upon the ur anic text She suggests as Kecia Ali has done that feministxegetes should xplore the possible differences between contemporary conceptions of male female uality and understandings of men and women in the ur an rather than demanding New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood euality as a selfvident ahistorical measure of justice from one s readings of the ur an Hidayatullah also critiues feminist Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey exegetes for not acknowledging the limitations of their argument which fa. 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 anssential introduction to thi. Fatima Mernissi who relies heavily on the hadith literature in "the formulation of her worksShe ven uestions why uality should be such a desirable thing uoting Kecia Ali to ask "formulation of her worksShe ЯED even uestions whyuality should be such a desirable thing uoting Kecia Ali to ask 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 ually 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 uality would manifest itself as immature The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs 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 feministxegetes 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 in the islamic that I had great Moreno 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 thatxists 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 I came across this book whilst taking a class on Islamic thics at the university which briefly dealt with Islamic feminism I was hoping to learn and can definitely recommend this book as an introduction for anyone new to this field Hidayatullah after discussing why the feminist label is used or avoided does a great job of presenting the shared methodologies and interpretative strategies of many well known feminist xegetes of the ur an Not merely describing she offers a critiue and 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 A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author exactly what kind of argumentation is used and what forms of authority these scholars draw on usually a combination of traditional ur anicxegesis and modern notions of gender What If euality It is precisely the fact however that they draw on modern notions of genderuality that The Exhaustion Breakthrough explains why the Islamic feminist project can only go so far according to the author Becauseuality has already been pre defined by these scholars based on modern notions of not only The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good 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 Inffect 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 xplained and remain problematic and sexist although Hidayatullah would probably reply sexist by which standards 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 ssentially an Hark! The Herald Angels Scream 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 readspecially as it is less technically challenging than some of the original worksThe last third is the author s critiue of this scholarship which is ven interesting She was able to put into words some of the concerns I have had but were unable to articulate about Islamic feminism and others besides The author comes at *this critiue from the point of view of *critiue from the point of view of who is both a Muslim and a feminist much like the other writers she cites which made her assessments all the ngaging Hidayatullah s critical analysis of feminist xegesis of the uran is fundamental reading It re xamines the crucial works that helped Bidadari yang Mengembara 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 Feministdges of the uran is an xcellent 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 sacrificing content 5 out of Minist justice that are not fully supported by the text and she proposes a major revision to their xegetical 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'. La strada delle croci exegetes are proceeding from the a priori assumption that the ur an is fundamentally anti patriarchal and conforms to their notions of gender justice Hidayatullah critiues this point uite thoroughly and points to verses in the ur an which militate against notions of female agency and male femaleuality in particular 2223 and 434 She argues that the best that many feminist xegetes have been able to produce with regard to these verses are apologetic readings or interpretations that distort the text She asserts that in the case of these two aforementioned verses the ur an itself must be held responsible for its sexist AND HARMFUL READINGS P 137 HIDAYATULLAH harmful readings p 137 Hidayatullah for xample that the mere The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth existence of the term daraba in 434 contravenes any interpretive possibility for ruling out the meaning of to strike there is no act of interpretation that mayradicate this possibility p 138So how should feminists go about interpreting the ur an in a manner consistent with their values and in a way that is neither apologetic nor distortive of the text Here Hidayatullah follows the lead of Kecia Ali in suggesting that xegetes should take interpretive responsibility meaning that they should be conscious of their interpretive choices and acknowledge that they are in fact choices rather than claiming that a particular interpretation is self vident It is imperative for Hidayatullah that feminist Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, exegetes are aware of their own intervention in reading the ur an It is important for thexegete to always disclose or at least be aware of their own personal doctrinal and social assumptions which informs their approach to the ur anic text A failure to do so she argues would constitute a form of textual authoritarianism since it would deny others the right to similarly interpret the ur an By arguing so strongly that they are recovering the true meaning of the ur an or rescuing the ssentially anti patriarchal message of the ur an from sexist xegetes Hidayatullah argues that feminist tafsir risks falling into the same category of textual authoritarianism that it accuses traditional tafsir as belonging to According to Hidayatullah this textual authoritarianism that characterizes feminist The West Transformed exegesis derives from the unuestioned premise that thessence of the ur an is fundamentally in favor of gender justice and therefore it needs to be recovered or reclaimed by an interpretive process The problem of textual authoritarianism can only be resolved argues Hidayatullah if xegetes take interpretive responsibility on one hand and seek a new understanding of the nature of the ur anic text on the otherAt the core of Hidayatullah s critiue of feminist xegesis is her proclamation that feminist xegetical conceptions of gender uality are historically specific to us and thus perhaps not in the Paper Chasers end fully reconcilable with the ur anic text p 147 She argues that it is a methodological rigidity within feministxegesis that has prevented it from uestioning and critically reassessing its fundamental premise that the notion of The Complete Polly and the Wolf euality derives from the ur anic text itself One of the problems this produces is as mentioned above textual authoritarianism Another isssentializing the ur anic text itself and making normative statements about it Hidayatullah stresses that feminist VOYAGES DE GRANDE CROISIERE exegetes have argued themselves into a corner by making it appear thatither the ur an must be absolutely and unfailingly A Riesling to Die egalitarian and can never oppress women orlse the struggle for gender Pookie-Pie: A Sweet Bedtime Story euality within Islam is defeated The answer to this interpretative deadnd as far as Hidayatullah is concerned is the notion of taking interpretive responsibility It is ssential that feminist readers of the ur an to not merely assert but defend and support the claim that the ur an promotes uality while taking responsibility for prioritizing our contemporary sensibilities in the course of our interpretations p 149 Apologia and textual manipulation cannot and should not be the primary means through which 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 difice 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 tc by which they are assessing hadith She conveniently ignores academics like. S nascent field of ur'anic scholarship and ngages 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. ,


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