Women in the Qur'an.
Women in the Qur'an
Asma Lamrabet, author
Myriam Francois-Cerrah, translator
c/o Kube Publishing (dist.)
9781847740823 $19.95 pbk / $9.99 Kindle amazon.com
Synopsis: Today, the issue of Muslim women is held hostage between two perceptions: a conservative Islamic approach and a liberal Western approach. At the heart of this debate Muslim women are seeking to reclaim their right to speak in order to re-appropriate their own destinies, calling for the equality and liberation that is at the heart of the Qur'an.
However, with few female commentators on the meaning of the Qur'an and an overreliance on the readings of the Qur'an compiled centuries ago this message is often lost. In this book Asma Lamrabet demands a rereading of the Qur'an by women that focuses on its spiritual and humanistic messages in order to alter the lived reality on the ground.
By acknowledging the oppression of women, to different degrees, in social systems organized in the name of religion and also rejecting a perspective that seeks to promote Western values as the only means of liberating them, the author is able to define a new way. One in which their refusal to remain silent is an act of devotion and their demand for reform will lead to liberation.
Critique: Women in the Qur'an openly challenges both Muslim and Western status quo perceptions of women in the Islamic world. Closely re-reading and analyzing passages in the Qur'an about women, this revolutionary text emphasizes the spiritual message within the holy book of the Muslims. "How can we convince those who seem to resist this entire movement of reformism through fear of losing themselves? How can we explain to them that, in fact, we cannot remain faithful to Islam without renewal, without a critical conscience, without deep reflection and constructive debate?" Enlightened, inspiring, and meticulous in both philosophical rigor and attachment to justice, Women in the Qur'an is highly recommended.