This chapter explains the parameters of study and the criteria used for selecting the works of feminist Qur’anic interpretation that are its focus, as well as the reasons for referring to them as works of feminist tafsir. The author briefly summarizes the historical backdrop for the emergence of the works (including the rise of Islamic revivalism beginning in the late 1970s and women’s rights movements in response), distinguishing between first-generation and second-generation scholars of the field. She goes on to provide short biographical profiles of the six scholars whose works are studied in depth: Riffat Hassan, Azizah al-Hibri, Amina Wadud, Asma Barlas, Sa’diyya Shaikh, and Kecia Ali. The chapter also introduces the three major interpretive methods that link the works together (historical contextualization, intratextual reading, and the tawhidic paradigm) and provides an outline of the book’s organization.
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