Women in the Qur'an

Women in the Qur'an : Traditions and Interpretation

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This book is a study on the women of Qur'anic sacred history. It presents the Qur'anic revelations on female figures associated with God's prophets from Adam to Muhammed. Revealed narratives and legislation are then pursued through their medieval, modern, and contemporary interpretations. The theological exegetic sources here chosen, all Sunni, include the major classical works as well as, for the modern period, examples of modernist, conservative, and fundamentalist exegesis. For Hadith materials beyond the theological tafsir, this book analyses both popular narratives of the "tales of the prophets" genre and also representative samples of the classical historical and legal Hadith. A close reading of modern sources, including by lay writers, shows the waning influence of these traditional materials in present-day Islamic thought. By telling the stories of the women of sacred history in Qur'an and interpretation, this book presents an introduction to past and present Islamic paradigms of doctrine and its socio-economic and political applications. The book establishes the link between the female figures as cultural symbol, and Islamic self-preceptions from the beginning to the present time.show more

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  • Hardback | 215 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195084802
  • 9780195084801

About Barbara Freyer Stowasser

About the Author: Barbara Stowasser is Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.show more

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