By Aysha A. Hidayatullah
Aysha Hidayatullah offers the 1st finished research of up to date feminist interpretations of the Qur'an. Synthesizing in demand feminist readings of the Qur'an within the usa because the overdue 20th century, she offers a vital creation to this nascent box of Qur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigation-as good as a thorough critique-of its tools and ways. With a selected specialize in feminist "impasses" within the Qur'anic textual content, she argues that many feminist interpretations depend upon claims approximately feminist justice that aren't totally supported via the textual content, and he or she proposes a tremendous revision to their exegetical foundations. A provocative paintings of Muslim feminist theology, Feminist Edges of the Qur'an is a crucial intervention in pressing conversations approximately ladies and the Qur'an.
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104 Finally, it is especially important to point out that unlike Jewish and Christian feminist theologians, scholars of feminist tafsir unequivocally treat the entire text of the Qur'an as the verbatim word of God. "loS Therefore Muslim exegetes are unable to edit or add to the text or disregard any problematic portions of it as Jewish and Christian feminists might. As Wadud notes, they "cannot rewrite the Qur'an. "° Such a relationship to the Qur'an means that there are clear limitations upon how Jews, Christians, and Muslims might collaborate in feminist scholarship; more conversations are likely to be had, however, if there are new developments in Muslim exegetes' views of the nature of God's speech in the Qur'an.
58 Other Latina theologians, such Maria Pilar Aquino, have referred to themselves simply as Latina feminists. "60 In contrast to Isasi-Diaz, however, Latina feminist theologians assert that feminism is not a foreign, imported concept but indigenous to their home countries. They oppose elitism in religious interpretation and embrace popular religion, asserting that all forms of women's knowledge are valid. Intent on social transformation, they call for theological solutions to everyday problems and for salvation and liberation in everyday life.
In other words, to read the Qur'an in historical context is to uphold the Qur'an's universality. According to exegetes of feminist tafsir, a historically contextualized reading of the Qur'an not only gives credence to its universality. It also helps to produce more precise readings by aiding readers in determining whether the Qur'an is making particular or universal evaluations. They point out that, by ignoring the role of a verse's historical context in constructing its meaning, exegetes have erroneously attributed general or universal meanings to verses that address only particular, limited, or Historical Contextualization Method 67 conditional circumstances.
Feminist Edges of the Qur’an by Aysha A. Hidayatullah