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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (June 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195128362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195128369
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent study. Important for cross-cultural women's studies."--Sr.Martha Ann Kirk, University of the Incarnate Word

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Amina Wadud is an Islamic Studies Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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It is very sad that the Muslim world is going backwards.
Wael Debsy
The only flaw in the book is the author's academic style, which makes hard work for the reader at times.
Alarob
It is a small book with big ideas. . . not a weighty tome on your library shelves.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By W. Rashed on June 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I give this book 5 stars because as I was reading it I wished every Muslim woman (and man) would read it. The book is written by a professor of Islamic studies who (as she writes in the preface)" approached this research as if my life depended on the understandings I gained from studying the Quran". The book is aimed at proving the equality of men and women in the religion of Islam by going to the source: the Qur'an. It challenges the false concepts held by many Muslims (concepts that do not reflect Quran and Islam) such as:" men are superior to women", men are in charge of women", "men are natural leaders", " men rule the family and should get obedience from women", " women should not leave the house unless it is necessary"," woman's voice is taboo", etc. The author breaks down specific verses and key words that have been used to oppress and limit women, to show that their real meaning defies such oppression and limitation.
The book covers many aspects of equality manifested in the story of creation and the events in the Garden, the Quranic view of woman in the world with discussion of distinctive female characters in the Quran, the Hereafter including companions in the Hereafter e.g. "the virgins of paradise". The book also discusses controversies around the rights and roles of women and the relationship between men and women: male authority: polygamy, marital disharmony, divorce, inheritance, women as witness, etc. I think the author should have discussed two other important topics: veiling and segregation.
Although the book is only 118 pages, and is well organized into chapters and subtitles, it was a little difficult to get through: the writing style is somewhat academic, some concepts I think needed more elaboration to be clear, and I had to open my dictionary several times.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Miss Hana on July 15, 2000
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This is the book i was waiting to read. I have spent so much time and energy thinking about this topic, being a Muslim woman. I can completely relate to this book. All of Wadud's arguments are on point and logical. I agree with her analysis of the subject of women. Reveiwing the Qur'an from this perspective has shed light on a very confusing and sometimes frustrating matter, for many females today. I recommend this book to all Muslims, male and female. It may open your eyes to something you did not see before. It may also help to separate the mixture going on too much these days of cultural gender roles slapped on to people using Islam as an excuse. thankyou..
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2001
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Wadud's "Qur'an and Woman" was a joy to read. Clearly, Wadud knows her stuff. The information presented is very accurate, and the book is nicely organized. Her writing is not only clear and coherent, but very cogent and persuasive. I would recommend this book not only to all Muslims, especially in Afghanistan, but also to those thinking about converting to Islam or who want to know more about the religion from a viewpoint that is not often represented in today's biased media.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Zeeshan Hasan on August 21, 2005
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Most Muslims are not Arabs, and consequently don't speak Arabic, the language of the Qur'an. So an awful lot of Muslims themselves have never actually read the Qur'anic verses about women and tried to make sense of them. On the other hand, most non-Muslims have never read the Qur'an, and tend to assume that the Muslim view of women is more or less that of the Taliban or the Saudis. This book, written by an progressive Muslim American academic with a Ph.D. in Arabic, should be essential reading for both the above groups.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1999
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I think just about every Muslim, male or female, goes through somewhat of a religious identity crisis when he or she first starts questioning the religion they're born with. Most often, Islam is questioned in terms of fairness to women. I would recommend this book to anyone who is currently going through such issues. It cleared up a lot of issues for me when I was eighteen.
This book was great because it was very scholarly and rational.
Guys, be sure to buy this book. After reading it, it would be a perfect gift for your little sister.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
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Quran and Woman is an incredibly rich and resourceful book for anyone who wants a close, etymological study of the Quran and its conjectures on Women. It establishes with sufficient proof that gender equity was part of the Quran's mission.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alarob on September 9, 2004
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This book is an excellent introduction to how believing Muslims read the Qur'an as an indictment, not a justification, of the oppression of women and privileging of men. It takes on all the well-known passages often cited as placing men above women, and reads them in context, relying on the meaning of the Arabic words, thereby showing that traditionalists have for centuries been playing fast and loose with the sacred text. What's more, this reading of the Qur'an is not something sister Amina dreamed up on her own: She draws on the work of many scholars who came before and disputes well and honestly with the traditional views. The only flaw in the book is the author's academic style, which makes hard work for the reader at times. Still, I think every Muslim who can handle college-level reading in English should be able to read this easily and with the greatest interest.
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