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Islam and Gender

Major Issues and Debates, 1st Edition

By Adis Duderija, Alina Alak, Kristin Hissong


248 pages

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Given the intense political scrutiny of Islam and Muslims, which often centre on gendered concerns, Islam and Gender: Major Issues and Debates is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the key topics, problems and debates in this engaging subject. Split into three parts, this book places the discussion in its historical context, provides up-to-date case studies and delves into contemporary debate on the subject. This book includes discussion of the following important topics:

  • Marriage and divorce
  • Interpretations of the Qur’an and Sunna
  • Male and female sexuality and sexual diversity
  • Classical Islamic thought on masculinity and femininity
  • Gender and hadith
  • Polygamy and inheritance
  • Adultery and sexual violence
  • Veiling, female circumcision and crimes of honour
  • Lived religiosities
  • Gender justice in Islam.

Islam and Gender is essential reading for students in religious studies, Islamic studies and gender studies as well as those in related fields, such as cultural studies, politics, area studies, sociology, anthropology and history.

Table of Contents

Note on transliteration


Chapter one: Gender, Religion and Feminisms

Chapter two: Masculinity and Femininity in the Premodern Islamic Interpretative Tradition: A Conceptual Overview

Chapter three: The Logic of Patriarchal Honour and Its Manifestations in Muslim Contexts:

Veiling, Female Genital Cutting and Honor based Violence

Chapter four: Interpretations of Qur’an and Sunnah (Manhaj) and Gender

Chapter five: Gender and Hadith

Chapter six: Marriage (Qiwama, Wilaya and Faddala)

Chapter seven: Divorce (nushuz, ta’a, daraba)

Chapter eight: Inheritance and Polygamy

Chapter nine: Adultery and Sexual Violence

Chapter ten: Gender and Sexual Diversity

Chapter eleven: Lived Religiosities: Contesting Authoritative Discourses and Practices

Chapter twelve: Muslim Female Religious Agency and Gender Justice in Islam

Chapter thirteen: Conclusion





About the Authors

Adis Duderija is Senior Lecturer in Islam and Society in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue at Griffith University, Australia.

Alina Isac Alak is Associate Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Kristin Hissong is Assistant Professor of Middle East North Africa Studies with the Air War College's Culture and Language Center in Montgomery, Alabama US.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General