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Qur'an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam - Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs (Hardback)
  • Qur'an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam - Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs (Hardback)
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Qur'an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam - Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs (Hardback)

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This study analyses the commentaries of four Muslim intellectuals who have turned to scripture as a liberating text to confront an array of problems, from patriarchy, racism, and empire to poverty and interreligious communal violence. Shadaab Rahemtulla considers the exegeses of the South African Farid Esack (b. 1956), the Indian Asghar Ali Engineer (1939-2013), the African American Amina Wadud (b. 1952), and the Pakistani American Asma Barlas (b. 1950). Rahemtulla examines how these intellectuals have been able to expound this seventh-century Arabian text in a socially liberating way, addressing their own lived realities of oppression, and thus contexts that are worlds removed from that of the text's immediate audience. Through a close reading of their works, he underlines the importance of both the ethico-social content of the Qur'an and their usage of new and innovative reading practices. This work provides a rich analysis of the thought-ways of specific Muslim intellectuals, thereby substantiating a broadly framed school of thought. Rahemtulla draws out their specific and general importance without displaying an uncritical sympathy. He sheds light on the impact of modern exegetical commentary which is more self-consciously concerned with historical context and present realities. In a mutually reinforcing way, this work thus illuminates both the role of agency and hermeneutical approaches in modern Islamic thought.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198796480
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 22 mm


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[Qur'an of the Oppressed] gives an in depth and yet very accessible analysis of 4 modern authors on the Qur'an: Farid Esack, Asma Barlas, Ashgar Ali Engineer and me. It not only introduces our work but contextualizes it and considers methods of modern Qur'an exegesis as it intersects with LIFE and faith. I would consider this a coherent introduction to the field of modern Qur'anic studies. It is thorough and also weaves in other reformist thinkers and post modernist scholars...Highly recommended. * Amina Wadud, Visiting Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry *
Rahemtulla is to be thanked for providing a compelling analysis, within a specific tradition, of the wider task of interpreting an ancient religious text so that it speaks to the present with a liberating timbre and power without falling into apologetics or idealistic essentialism. * Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Reading Religion *

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