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Uestions nor from uestioning many of the fundamental assumptions that have guided feminist ur an scholarship One of the main strengths of the book is the faithful and detailed reconstruction of many of the main methodologial approaches and conclusions of feminist xegesis of the ur of many of the main methodologial approaches and conclusions of feminist xegesis of the ur Having reconstructed and described the various modes of feminist xegesis in considerable detail Hidayatullah then moves on to deconstructing and systematically critiuing their arguments while interjecting her own particular perspective into the discussionHidayatullah takes serious issue with the underlying assumption of feminist Curators of the Buddha exegetes that the ur an promotes both functional and ontological genderuality She argues that these xegetes have not adeuately taken account of the various places in The Ur An Where There ur an where there an mphasis on both sexual difference as well as sexual differentiation Hidayatullah s main contention is that there is very little within the ur anic text that would support the notion put forth by the feminist Cezanne a Study of His Development exegetes that the ur an has at its core the promotion of absoluteuality between men and women in fact she argues that there is strong textual You Owe Me One evidence in the ur an suggesting a fundamental ineuality More problematically for Hidayatullah is how feministxegetes have generally ignored theoretical issues around gender Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture essentialisms binaries and social construction p 129 She claims that in neglecting anxamination of theoretical issues around gender Obsession: An Erotic Tale essentialisms binaries and social construction p 129 She claims that in neglecting anxamination of they do not deconstruct the process by which the male subject has been universalized in the first place and the kinds of masculinity and femininity and their relational formations that persistently inform the verses of the ur an they are responding to rather they seem to take them for granted p 129 For any feminist Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era exegesis to adeuately address the issue of gender justice Hidayatullah strongly argues that such a critical assessment and investigation of gender is imperative Otherwise our author argues the discourse will remain vague and ineffective Hidayatullah suggests that rather than being a problem specific to feministxegetes of the ur an this is a broader issue that has been inherited from unresolved debates on Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice euality and difference in liberal approaches to feminismAnother major critiue that Hidayatullah puts forth is her uestioning the legitimacy of feministxegetes unuestioned imposition of values such as contemporaneous 21st century conceptions of Edicts of Asoka euality as well as a very modern understanding of male female relations on a text that was revealed in the seventh century She argues that one cannot treatuality as if it was a timeless ahistorical idea For Hidayatullah the Upgrade Soul emphasis onuality is the product of modernity and derives from particular assumptions about the nature of society which barely xisted in the seventh century It is thus illogical to impose this criterion with such rigidity upon the ur anic text She suggests as Kecia Ali has done that feminist xegetes should Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 explore the possible differences between contemporary conceptions of male femaleuality and understandings of men and women in the ur an rather than demanding Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist euality as a selfvident ahistorical measure of justice from one s readings of the ur an Hidayatullah also critiues feminist xegetes for not acknowledging the limitations of their argument which faults human language and interpretation and not the ur an itself for patriarchal readings of the text She argues that many feminist xegetes are proceeding from the a priori assumption that the ur an is fundamentally anti patriarchal and conforms to their notions of gender justice Hidayatullah critiues this point uite thoroughly and points to verses in the ur an which militate against notions of female agency and male female uality in particular 2223 and 434 She argues that the best that many feminist xegetes have been able to produce with regard to these verses are apologetic readings or interpretations that distort the text She asserts that in the case of these two aforementioned verses the ur an itself must be held responsible for its sexist and harmful readings p 137 Hidayatullah asserts for Imaginary Runner example that the merexistence of the term daraba in 434 contravenes any interpretive possibility for ruling out the meaning of to strike there is no act of interpretation that may From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 eradicate this possibility p 138So how should feminists go about interpreting the ur an in a manner consistent with their values and in a way that is neither apologetic nor distortive of the text Here Hidayatullah follows the lead of Kecia Ali in suggesting thatxegetes should take interpretive responsibility meaning that they should be conscious of their interpretive choices and acknowledge that they are in fact choices rather than claiming that a particular interpretation is self Fresh Water evident It is imperative for Hidayatullah that feministxegetes are aware of their own intervention in reading the ur an. S nascent field of ur'anic scholarship and ngages in a deep investigation as well as a radical critiue of its methods and approaches With a particular focus on feminist impasses in the ur'anic text she argues that many feminist interpretations rely on claims about fe. ,
Feminist dges of the uran is an xcellent book that provides the reader with the history of uranic interpretation since it s revelation up to the present day After a recap of the history Hidayatullah covers the thought of contemporary Muslim feminists and then poses challenges and critiues to their lines of thought The author does a great job and not letting the book get stuck in one particular area and keeps a steady flow without sacrificing content 5 out of 5 Excellent work The book covers almost all important aspects of Islamic Feminism This Book Is This book is used by one of my students for her doctoral research I came across this book whilst taking a class on Islamic thics at the university which briefly dealt with Islamic feminism I was hoping to learn and can definitely recommend this book as an introduction for anyone new to this field Hidayatullah after discussing why the feminist label is used or avoided does a great Hidayatullah s critical analysis of feminist xegesis of the uran is fundamental reading It re xamines the crucial works that helped stablish revolutionary women s readings of the uran but at the same time provides a critical assessment of said works and how individuals can move forward as both Muslims and feminists Its a compelling read researched well thought out incredibly and written comprehensively Crticially reviewing the feminist uran xegesis Hidayathullah points out the wrongs in the gender uestions raised and the mistakes in the ways they were attempted to answer She has undertaken a herculian task challenging as it is vulnerable in multiple ways one for shaking the ground of islamic feminism which is a fruit of the decades painstaking labour and also because this could be Twelve Days of Pleasure easily used by Islamophobes and androcentrism seeking religious Yet she has managed to articulate nuancedly about the choices must be aware of and acknowledge not just while approaching to comprehend uraan but what we mean as Islam and how we live as muslims This book has some high ratings and perhaps rightly so on account of its potential to rejuvenate discourse in the field of Islamic feminism however I found it be disappointingly lackingHidayatullah begins with a lengthy introduction that is almost self deprecating Upset that her work should appear in any way to undermine the great works of Muslims feminists before her she seems to spend the whole introduction apologising for bringing the wholedifice of Islamic feminist scholarship down with her work but she assures us it s for the good of the cause So I braced myself for what she had to say And she said very little then for the next 130 odd pages This is a very interesting book and one that I hope provokes some much needed discussion in some circles It certainly Gave Me A Lot To Think AboutThe First Two Thirds me a lot to think aboutThe first two thirds so is ssentially an xcellent summary of feminist Islamic scholarship up to this point I ve read many though not all of the works the author cites in this part but I still found the comprehensive overview to be a good read Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye especially as it is less technically challenging than some of the original worksThe last third is the author s critiue of this scholarship which isven interesting She was able to put into words some of the concerns I have had but were unable to articulate about Islamic feminism and others besides The author comes at this critiue from the point of view of someone who is both a Muslim and a feminist much like the other writers she cites which made her assessments all the Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France engaging I reallynjoyed this unusual workI would recommend this book for people of strong aeedah willing to look at other opinions religiously The author doesn t seem to push one idea over the other usually but rather she asks us what we value as to push one idea over the other usually but rather she asks us what we value as in Islam Are we trying to put gender uality in places it isn t Are we overlooking areas that were assumed to be sexist but really aren t Feminist Edges of the uran helped me understand other opinions on translations tafsir tc that are not as mainstream Literally taking a look at the Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild edges of Islamic thought and discerning different ideas It s also generally well written Aysha Hidayatullah s Feminist Edges of the ur an is a compelling read Itngages sincerely and deeply with the increasingly significant field of feminist ur an scholarship Heavily grounded in both the classical Islamic Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets exegetical tradition and modern feminist theory Dr Hidayatullah does anxcellent job in laying out her arguments The prose is Electromyography for Experimentalists engaging and the book is generally well organized At its core the work is a radical critiue of not only of various aspects of modernistfeministxegesis of the ur an but also a critiue of how modern Muslims have approached the ur an in general It is nothing less than a systematic deconstruction of Muslim feminist approaches to the ur an over the past three decades The book does not shy away from asking the tough. Aysha Hidayatullah presents the first comprehensive analysis of contemporary feminist interpretations of the ur'an Synthesizing prominent feminist readings of the ur'an in the United States since the late twentieth century she provides an ssential introduction to thi. ,


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It is important for the xegete To Always Disclose Or At always disclose or at be aware of their own personal doctrinal and social assumptions which at be aware of their own personal doctrinal and social assumptions which their approach to the ur anic text A failure to do so she argues would constitute a form of textual authoritarianism since it would deny others the right to similarly interpret the ur an By arguing so strongly that they are recovering the true meaning of the ur an or rescuing the ssentially anti patriarchal message of the ur an from sexist xegetes Hidayatullah argues that feminist tafsir risks falling into the same category of textual authoritarianism that it accuses traditional tafsir as belonging to According to Hidayatullah this textual authoritarianism that characterizes feminist xegesis derives from the unuestioned PREMISE THAT THE ESSENCE OF THE that the ssence of the an is fundamentally in favor of gender justice and therefore it needs to be recovered or reclaimed by an interpretive process The problem of textual authoritarianism can only be resolved argues Hidayatullah if Wicked Loving Lies exegetes take interpretive responsibility on one hand and seek a new understanding of the nature of the ur anic text on the otherAt the core of Hidayatullah s critiue of feministxegesis is her proclamation that feminist La heredera del mar exegetical conceptions of genderuality are historically specific to us and thus perhaps not in the nd fully reconcilable with the ur anic text p 147 She argues that it is a methodological rigidity within feminist xegesis that has prevented it from uestioning and critically reassessing its fundamental premise that the notion of uality derives from the ur anic text itself One of the problems this produces is as mentioned above textual authoritarianism Another is ssentializing the ur anic text itself and making normative statements about it Hidayatullah stresses that feminist xegetes have argued themselves into a corner by making it appear that ither the ur an must be absolutely and unfailingly Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One egalitarian and can never oppress women orlse the struggle for gender Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) euality within Islam is defeated The answer to this interpretative deadnd as far as Hidayatullah is concerned is the notion of taking interpretive responsibility It is Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe essential that feminist readers of the ur an to not merely assert but defend and support the claim that the ur an promotesuality while taking responsibility for prioritizing our contemporary sensibilities in the course of our interpretations p 149 Apologia and textual manipulation cannot and should not be the primary means through which feminist Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time exegetes affirm their positionWhatever one may think of these ideas put forth by Hidayatullah it is nevertheless clear that they should be taken seriously andngaged with It is critical that Muslim feminists attempt to provide adeuate answers to these uestions and critiues Hidayatullah s book aside from being an important One Wild Weekend exposition and demonstration of the dynamics of feministxegesis is also an important contribution to our understanding of the underpinnings of modernist readings of the ur an in general It provides students and scholars with important insights into the challenges and pitfalls faced by those who have chosen to approach the ur an as both academics and believing Muslims and Forgetful of Their Sex emphasizes the importance of methodological consistency and a sound approach to ur anic hermeneutics The timing of this book seems perfect in light of the somewhat stalled project of Islamic feminism Since the first and second generation of Islamic feminist scholars little has been written about how to move forward This book mostly provides a recap of the various arguments made within Islamic feminism but also usefully ties them together to showxactly what kind of argumentation is used and what forms of authority these scholars draw on usually a combination of traditional ur anic Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing exegesis and modern notions of genderuality It is precisely the fact however that they draw on modern notions of gender F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby euality thatxplains why the Islamic feminist project can only go so far according to the author Because Walled (The Line, euality has already been pre defined by these scholars based on modern notions of not onlyuality but gender the Islamic feminist project is already set up to fail It is only by moving past these preconceptions and trying to understand gender at different historical periods that a useful Islamic feminism can be constructed In Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany effect it seems that she too is calling for a form of historicizing Overall an interesting read that mirrors my own reservations with Islamic feminism and my ultimate rejection of many of the arguments that have been made by these scholars particularly ones that seem like attempts at linguistic gymnastics It is to their credit that scholars like Amina Wadud and Kecia Ali have openly admitted that some verses cannot bexplained and remain problematic and sexist although Hidayatullah would probably reply sexist by which standards. Minist justice that are not fully supported by the text and she proposes a major revision to their xegetical foundations A provocative work of Muslim feminist theology Feminist Edges of the ur'an is a vital intervention in urgent conversations about women and the ur'. ,
Feminist Edges of the uran