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Feminist Edges of the Qur’an$
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Aysha A. Hidayatullah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199359561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359561.001.0001

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The Frames of Feminism

The Frames of Feminism

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Feminist Edges of the Qur’an

Aysha A. Hidayatullah

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides brief background on feminism’s relationship to colonialism in the Muslim world and its invocation in attacks on Islam, as well as modern and contemporary Muslim responses to feminism. The author discusses the appropriateness of “feminist” as a descriptor for the exegetical works studied in this book and the difficulties of feminism’s multiple and at times contradictory meanings, as well as the impact of its associations upon the authority and credibility of women’s interpretations of the Qur’an. The author argues that feminism and its history can never be fully dissociated from the interpretive works she examines; she explains her decision to employ the word “feminist” as a descriptor in order to signal the works’ participation in the radical critique of male power and to avoid essentialisms about Muslim women.

Keywords:   Qur’an, interpretation, women, feminism, colonialism

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