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Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading

reviewed by Qadir Abdus-Sabur - 2006

coverTitle: Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading
Author(s): Nimat Hafez Barazangi
Publisher: University Press of Florida, Gainesville
ISBN: 0813027853, Pages: 173, Year: 2004
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Challenged by the demands of academic objectivity and feminist philosophical influences, Nimat Hafez Barazangi calls the reader’s attention to what she sees as a serious problem among Muslim women scholars. She argues that although they are influencing positive change in the perception of women of the Islamic faith, unfortunately their arguments are based on traditional interpretations of the Qur’an articulated by men. This observation is the underpinning of her thesis: Since Muslim women do not participate in a new reading of Qur’an, the primary source of Islam (p. 1), (i.e. their personal internalization of its principles and applications to life experiences), they are perceived as “dependent member[s] of the Muslim social structure” (p. 8) rather than active participants in the defining role of Islam in the intellectual fiber of society. Using this as her point of departure she identifies the objective and purpose of the present work. Her main objective... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 76-79
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11950, Date Accessed: 4/20/2021 7:47:52 AM

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  • Qadir Abdus-Sabur
    Virginia Commonwealth University
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    QADIR ABDUS-SABUR is an Adjunct Professor of Educational Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-founder of Muslim Teacherís College in Virginia. His research interest, Muslim education in America, has been coupled with extensive participation in the Islamic School movement. He has been actively involved in this effort for the past thirty years serving in positions such as Principal of Clara Muhammad School in Richmond, Virginia; Director of Clara Muhammad Boarding School in Randolph, Virginia; Chairman of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America; member of the American Society of Muslims Board of Education; and Director of Islamic Studies Curriculum Project for the International Curricula Organization. His most recent publication is Developing Muslim School Curricula published by Muslim Teacherís College.
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