This volume brings together the work of a group of Islamic studies scholars from across the globe. They discuss how past and present Muslim women have participated in the struggle for gender justice in Muslim communities and around the world.
The essays demonstrate a diversity of methodological approaches, religious and secular sources, and theoretical frameworks for understanding Muslim negotiations of gender norms and practices. Part I (Concepts) puts into conversation women scholars who define Muslima theology and Islamic feminism vis-à-vis secular notions of gender diversity and discuss the deployment of the oppression of Muslim women as a hegemonic imperialist strategy. The chapters in Part II (Sources) engage with the Qur’an, Hadith, and Sunna as religious sources to be examined and reinterpreted in the quest for gender justice as God’s will and the example of the Prophet Muhammad. In Part III (Histories), contributors search for Muslim women’s agency as scholars, thinkers, and activists from the early period of Islam to the present, and from Southeast Asia to North America.
Representing a transnational and cross-generational conversation as well, this work will be a key resource to students and scholars interested in the history of Islamic feminism, Muslim women, gender justice and Islam.
Muslim Women and Gender Justice: An Introduction Juliane Hammer
Part I - Sources: Muslima Theology, Islam and Feminism
1. Feminist Exegesis and Beyond: Trajectories in Muslima Theology Jerusha Tanner Rhodes
2. Islamic Feminism by Any Other Name Amina Wadud
3. Islam and Feminism: German and European Variations on a Global Theme Riem Spielhaus
4. Gender Equal Islamic Theology in Germany Irene Schneider
Part II - Sources: Qur’an, Hadith, and History
5. Woman-Man Equality in Creation: Interpreting the Qur’an from a Non-Patriarchal Perspective Riffat Hassan
6. The Pair in the Qur’an as Sign of Divine Creation Dina El Omari
7. With ʿA’isha in Mind: Reading Surat al-Nur through the Qur’an’s Structural Unity Zainab Alwani
8. The Qur’anic Turn of Women’s Image: From Being the Object to the Subject of History Mouhanad Khorchide
9. Verse 4:34: Abjure Symbolic Violence, Rebuff Feminist Partiality, or Seek Another Hermeneutic? Celene Ibrahim
Part III - Histories: Knowledge, Authority, and Activism
10. Umm Salama’s Contributions: Qur’an, Hadith, and Early Muslim History as Sources for Gender Justice Yasmin Amin
11. Religious Educated Women in Early Islam: Conceptions of Women’s Images in Arab-Islamic Texts until the 10th Century Doris Decker
12. Challenging the Authority of Religious Interpretation in Saudi Arabia: The Transformation of Suhaila Zain al-Abedin Hammad Hatoon Ajwad AL Fassi
13. Leading the Way: Women’s Activism, Theology, and Women’s Rights in Southeast Asia Susanne Schröter
This broad ranging series includes books on Islamic issues from all parts of the globe and is not simply confined to the Middle East.