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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851684638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851684632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seen as a pioneering feminist, her last book, Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam (2006) was partly an experiment in autobiography, and included details of the threats to her life in New York." --The The Independent

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Dr Amina Wadud is professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is author of the influential Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Bugajski on August 15, 2013
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Excellent, unbiased commentary on what the Quran actually says about muslim women's rights in the Holy Quran by a female
Islamic scholar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Lawrence on July 1, 2013
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Amina Wadud opens the discussion for all women seeking to redefine and reassess their intimate relationship with God and the authority of personhood all women have over their own existence within the Islamic faith as well as Muslim society. I found the approach she offers powerful for even opening a dialog for women outside the Muslim community and appreciate her scholarship because she keeps the context simple enough for a novice to appreciate!
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By lisa barr on February 4, 2014
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Inside the Gender Jihad argues the necessity for women’s equality in Islam. Amina Wadud is a famous scholar and one of the founders in the Modern Women’s Islamic Movement. This book attempts to interpret the Quran and Islamic practices to encourage gender equality in Islam and redefine a Muslim woman’s role as more than simply for domestic purposes and child bearing. Wadud gives insight from personal relationship with Allah as a devoted Muslim, her academic research throughout the world over the course of thirty years, as well as her own personal experiences as an African American Muslim in the United States. The author states “the relationship between theory and practice, and between Islamic ideas, ideals, goals and the historical development of shari’ah all bear some effect on efforts to construct gender equal Islamic reforms.”
The book is well organized and structured by giving various examples of the “gender jihad” in the the Quran and the need for it to be reinterpreted and refined to stay relevant and what it mean to be a Muslim woman in the post colonial globalized world. Her topic is extremely important and necessary in telling about the lives of Muslim women especially in the United States.
Inside the Gender Jihad can be read by just about anyone; however it is difficult to understand her intentions and some of her explanations without basic knowledge of Islam and the Quran itself. I found certain parts of the book were complicated and had to do some research of the Quran and Islamic terminology in order to fully understand her progressive Islamic philosophy. Amina Wadud is articulate and extremely knowledgeable in Inside the Gender Jihad and her goals are easily defined and achieved.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherlon Smith on January 14, 2014
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All her works should be required reading for understanding women and Islam and the current populism support globally on women issues.
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11 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Miaa Fisher on April 16, 2009
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This is a great book, it really opens my eyes to women's issues in a religion that is obviously very liberating to women. I wanted to see what it was that was converting so many women to the religion and this book gives several answers as to why that is. I bought another one of her books because I really enjoyed this one.
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