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Sexual Ethics And Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence Paperback – July 6, 2006

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"Ali is willing to ask the tough questions. A refreshing analysis of sexual ethics in Islam." The Globe and Mail 2 page review, positive critic, for addition to courses and future academic discussion Contemporary Islam Journal "For too long debates over sexuality and religion have lapsed into a 'don't ask-don't tell' state of mind. Professor Ali is willing to ask the tough questions." Contemporary Islam Journal "This book is a vigorous and engaging contribution to a very important dialog." American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

About the Author

Kecia Ali is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University where she teaches classes on Islam and Muslims. Her other books include Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam and a biography of ninth-century jurist Imam Shafi'i.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; 6.6.2006 edition (July 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851684565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851684564
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kecia Ali is an Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University. She writes on early Islamic law, women, ethics, and biography. Her books include Sexual Ethics and Islam (2006), Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam (2010), Imam Shafi'i: Scholar and Saint (2011), and The Lives of Muhammad (2014). She co-edited the revised edition of A Guide for Women in Religion (2014), which provides practical guidance for careers in religious studies and theology. An expanded tenth anniversary edition of Sexual Ethics and Islam is forthcoming in early 2016. She is currently at work on Women in Muslim Traditions, geared toward students and general readers.

Ali is active in the American Academy of Religion and serves as president of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics. From time to time, she blogs at feminismandreligion.com, cognoscenti.wbur.org, and huffingtonpost.com.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mohammad Rashid on January 24, 2013
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Kecia Ali provides an amazingly clear and lucid writing on this very difficult and complex topic.

She has a knack for being able to connect the past with the present as it relates to medieval muslim thinking about gender, sex, marriage, divorce, slavery, intimacy and a whole basket of related topics with the ethics related to them.

Ms. Ali's other detailed and wonderfully intricate book titled Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam coupled with this book is a perfect introduction to Muslims and non-Muslims alike who want to understand the "structure" and "objectives" of these institutions as they took form and evolved in the minds of the pre-modern/medieval Muslim scholars.

Her discussion on this topic is timely and the relevance to today's Muslim scholars, thinkers and policy makers is absolute and is elaborated in a very clear and comprehensive fashion.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Cohen on May 18, 2007
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This is an important contribution to an unknown field in the English speaking world. Most westerners have a negative restrictive view of not only Islam but especially perceive it as sexist and putting its female adherents in a very limiting position (and the pun is somewhat intended).

This book will open up for those who wish to understand an approach very different from western norms. It was not a position which this reviewer necessarily was comfortable with but one which explains, and yes this book even critiques, that world which has been closed to us. Our previous exposure was to the 1001 Arabian Nights which like the Kama Sutra is outside the day to day lives of its followers while perhaps titalating for western readers.

This is a major contribution to the dialogue which must emerge between our society and Islam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johny Luong on April 9, 2014
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this is a very welcoming introduction to not only feminism but also sexual ethics in islam. the author is very polite unlike other feminists such as mary daly or Judith plaskow. note that she invites us to think about these issues in the introduction. this book is offers many reasonable arguments and provides us the tools and information required to tackle sexual ethics. great for feminists, islamists, and women
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By shd7s on November 13, 2013
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This book is amazing! It's hard to say too much about it. The authors clarity and style are so great, she trusts the reader and brings out the moral/legal ambiguities and she lays things out so the reader can draw their own conclusion. Reading this book is like looking at life through a new lens, so much food for thought I marked it up and forced all of my friends tor read it. Those that don't are subjected to a summary of the main arguments anyways. I can't say enough about it!
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