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"Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an Paperback – June 15, 2002
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doesn't mean that they are unequal or that particular qualities can only be found in one sex.She offers a summary about where and when shariah was created and how the hadith were compiled. A few chapters of the book offer explanations on all of those verses that many Muslims and non Muslims read as saying that men are superior to women,polygamy, hijab, "wife beating", creation of man and woman, etc. However, I was surprised that she didn't cover the 2 women=1 male witness verse. Also, the problem with this book is that it is very hard to read. As a Muslim who knows a fair amount of information about Islam's history I still had trouble following her while she jumped around to various points in time and the vocabulary that's used.
Usually this is taken to mean that we love those who love us but here I'm reminded of the rendering because Dr. Barlas not only brought her considerable intellect to bear on her reading of Qur'an but from the text of her book it's also clear that she brought her heart along as well.
Though there are admittedly those who believe that their reading should stop at the end of tafsir (an extended qur'anic commentary completed around a thousand years ago) and the ahadith (or extra qur'anic sayings of the prophet which was also completed about a thousand years ago), that should not prevent those, like Barlas, who wish to continue to write and reflect with their hearts on Qur'an.
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Excellent analysis and interpretation of verses of the holy Qur'an.Published 4 months ago by Azeem Farooki
I really like this book. Excellent approach to textual interpretation in Islam and gender studies.Published 5 months ago by Anthro-dr
Great book with strong feminist interpretation of the Qu'ran.Published 8 months ago by Brieanna Griffin
I'm a devout, practicing, Muslim woman and I love this book.Published 14 months ago by shereen sabet
This is a diiferent size and seldom available in any color - but I do wish they would offer in Blue and TanPublished 23 months ago by El Gordo
Great book, of which not too many are written these days. She goes to the heart of all the important aspects of Quraan as well as being more balanced in her judgement. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by A. Ismail
Although I would appreciate any effort to force Muslims to rethink their positions in the world, and in their own minds, this work is actually gravely erroneous in several points. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Dwayne Howard
Among several other writings by Muslim women about the religion and its sacred sources, this one also is written by someone who, to my knowledge, does not have training in Arabic... Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by Nora R. Hope