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Qur'an and Women: Rereading the Sacred Texts from a Women's Perspective

Auteur : Millennia2025

Source : Amina Wadud



Qur'an and Women: Rereading the Sacred Texts from a Women's Perspective 

"My objective in undertaking this research was to make a M 'reading' of the Qur'an that would be meaningful to women living in the modern era. By 'reading' I mean the process of reviewing the words and their context in order to derive an under- standing of the text. Every 'reading' reflects, in part, the intentions of the text, as well as the 'prior text' of the one who makes the 'reading'. Although each 'reading' is unique, the understanding of various readers of a single text will converge on many points.


In this Introduction I will give the background to this work. In particular, I will look at how the perception of woman influences the interpretations of the Qur'an's position on women. I will give an overview of my own perspective of woman and of the methods of interpretation I used in analysing the Qur'an which have led to some new conclusions.


No method of Qur'anic exegesis is fully objective. Each exegete makes some subjective choices. Some details of their interpretations reflect their subjective choices and not necessarily the intent of the text. Yet, often, no distinction is made between text and interpreta- tion. I put interpretations of woman in the Qur'an into three cat- egories: 'traditional', reactive, and holistic."

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