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Muslim Women and Gender Justice

Concepts, Sources, and Histories, 1st Edition

Edited by Dina El Omari, Juliane Hammer, Mouhanad Khorchide


312 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Dina El Omari is a Postdoctoral researcher since 2013 in the research group "Theology of Mercy" at the Centre for Islamic Theology Münster with focus on "Feminist exegesis of the Qur`an". She did her PhD in Islamic Studies and Spanish Philology at the University of Münster. She studied Islamic Studies, Spanish philology and German philology at the University of Münster. She is the author of Das arabische Element in der spanischen Dichtung des 15. Bis 17. Jahrhunderts am Beispiel der Schönheitsbeschreibung (2014) and Das Menschenpaar in der Schöpfung und Eschatologie unter Berücksichtigung der Geschelchterfrage (2020).

Juliane Hammer is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the study of gender, sexuality, and race in Islam, contemporary Muslim thought and practice, and Sufism. She is the author of Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland (2005), American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (2012), and Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts against Domestic Violence (2019).

Mouhanad Khorchide studied Islamic theology and sociology in Beirut and Vienna. Since 2010 he has been Professor of Islamic Religious Education and, since 2011, Head of the Center for Islamic Theology of the University of Münster and Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics in the Cultures of the Modern and Modern" at the University of Münster. Amongst his latest publications are: God's Revelation in Human Word (2018), God Believes in Man: With Islam to a New Humanism (2015).

About the Series

Routledge Islamic Studies Series

This broad ranging series includes books on Islamic issues from all parts of the globe and is not simply confined to the Middle East.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / General
RELIGION / Islam / Koran & Sacred Writings
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies