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By Asma Barlas | Comments: ( 954 ) | Date: ( Aug 26, 2019 )

Does Islam call for the oppression of women Non Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be Islamic, while many Muslims read the Qur an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believer s reading of the Qur an thDoes Islam call for the oppression of women Non Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be Islamic, while many Muslims read the Qur an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believer s reading of the Qur an that demonstrates the radically egalitarian and anti patriarchal nature of its teachings Beginning with a historical analysis of religious authority and knowledge, Barlas shows how Muslims came to read inequality and patriarchy into the Qur an to justify existing religious and social structures and demonstrates that the patriarchal meanings ascribed to the Qur an are a function of who has read it, how, and in what contexts She goes on to reread the Qur an s position on a variety of issues in order to argue that its teachings do not support patriarchy To the contrary, Barlas convincingly asserts that the Qur an affirms the complete equality of the sexes, thereby offering an opportunity to theorise radical sexual equality from within the framework of its teachings.This new view takes readers into the heart of Islamic teachings on women, gender, and patriarchy, allowing them to understand Islam through its most sacred scripture, rather than through Muslim cultural practices or Western media stereotypes.


  • Title: "Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an
  • Author: Asma Barlas
  • ISBN: 9788121511513
  • Page: 466
  • Format: None

About Author:

Asma Barlas

Asma Barlas born 1950 , is a Pakistani American writer and academic Her specialties include comparative and international politics, Islam and Qur anic hermeneutics, and women s studies Barlas was one of the first women to be inducted into the foreign service in 1976 Six years later, she was dismissed on the orders of General Zia ul Haq She worked briefly as assistant editor of the opposition newspaper The Muslim before receiving political asylum in the United States in 1983 Barlas joined the politics department of Ithaca College in 1991 She was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity for 12 years She held Spinoza Chair in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam in 2008.



Comments "Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an

  • Hamza

    I'll just come right out and say it: I had very mixed feelings about this book. It is certainly an important work, but I felt like I just could not get into some of the language used, first of all. The author used many terms with a slash right in the middle of them, like "sexual/textual" that confused me a bit. I suppose I cannot blame the author for my not having a background in her specialty, but I felt that the average Muslim would be left scratching their head as much as I was. Maybe I'm wro [...]


  • 'Izzat Radzi

    Saya masuk kedalam perbahasan buku ini setelah melalui sedikit sebanyak buku lain yang mencorak dan membentuk pemikiran saya; kritik al-Hady mengenai konservatisme agama (khusunya dalam buku Asma ini, kaitan kitab tafsir dan zaman pemerintahan siapa dan bagaimana ia ditulis), kritik reductionisme agama-Quran kepada ritual oleh Syazreen; perbincangan idea Iqbal mengenai Divine Ontology dan terbaru Identiti Wanita dengan Quran oleh Ni’mat.Maka tidak dapat tidak hal ini memberi satu kaca mata yan [...]


  • Juliette

    For those who think Islam doesn't make room for human rights (esp, womens rights) this book is a great insight into Islam, the Qur'an and its true meanings.


  • Naeem

    I read this in the manuscript form and felt that it would make the author an international success. It has.Rather than a review, I would like merely to describe it. It battles on two fronts: against feminists who might like to think that Islam is anti-women; and Muslims who might like to think that Islam gives them license to subordinate women. The core of the analysis is the idea that God created woman not, as in Christianity, from the rib of man. Rather, that God creates men and women simultan [...]


  • Fadoua

    Interpreting religious texts, in particular the Qur'an, has been the work of men for centuries. Women are excluded from contributing to the Tafsir. Although, women participated actively in the creation of religious knowledge in the early decades of Islam (the prophet's wife Aisha as example), their opinions have been excluded for a long time.What are the consequences of the absence of women's voices? Isn't it one important reason of the patriarchal reading of the Qur'an? Isn't it a reason of the [...]


  • Ify

    Dr. Asma Barlas has written a wonderful scholarly work (which may not be the easiest read but readers should stick with it) on her view of the Quran and Islam as egalitarian and antipatriarchal. Barlas challenges the methodology by which conservative mostly male interpretative communities empowered by state actors have read in patriarchal themes in the Quran. She also challenges some Western/feminist critiques of Islam trying to find a middle way between the two that remains faithful to the cent [...]


  • Aasem Bakhshi

    I initially wanted to give this book 4 stars but then I ended up giving an extra because I must have given 5 if I was women. This is an excellent all-encompassing text and not just another feminist reading of the Quran. Barlas makes an extremely strong case for unreading patriarchical readings of scripture by principally moving the onus of (mis)reading from the Quran to the reader who is interacting with the text through his own subjectivities. In my view, the work achieves a two dimensional suc [...]


  • Sofia

    Asma Barlas finishes this book with a Post Script stating, "my objective in writing this book was to recover the scriptural basis of sexual equality in Islam and thereby to defend Islam against the claim, made by both Muslim conservatives and feminists, that it is a religious patriarchy that professes models of hierarchical relationships and sexual inequality". Without doubt she has truly met this objective academically, it's up to the people to realise this objective practically.I myself am a M [...]


  • Presley Abdul

    Asma Barlas definitely knows what she is talking about. "Believing Women" in Islam is an immensely valuable book, which has thoroughly researched and analyzed Qur'anic exegeses in a multi-faceted method that she carefully details. The book itself offers readers with past experience regarding hermeneutics and the Qur'an to read the book in a non-linear fashion. However, I did not follow that advice, having had a very minuscule background knowledge of traditional exegeses and hermeneutics. Barlas [...]


  • Sajal

    *I read this for a class*I know this isn’t for everyone. But holy crap, this was for me. Throughout Believing Women in Islam, Barlas essentially challenges “the widespread tendency to blame Islam for oppressing Muslims rather than blaming Muslims for misreading Islam”. She calls out those who have “monopolized the meaning of God’s word”, which invariably reinforces systematic patriarchy. (Something that plagues more than just Islam, I bet). She explores certain Islamic cultural tradi [...]


  • Damian

    Pretty damn good book. Very detailed account of how oppressive readings of the Qur'an became confused with the Qur'anic discourse itself. Posits alternative intepretive approach that delineates a very convincing anti patriarchal theme within the text. Nevertheless, it does not give a satisfactory account of how the institution of a highly patriarchal family structure sits with this anti patriarchal theme. Furthermore, to argue that orthodox readings of the Qur'an are unholistic and ignore libera [...]


  • Hadia

    I really loved this book. Its tone is highly academic, but I thought it did a wonderful job of demonstrating how the Quran is consistent with egalitarian values of gender equity and how misogynist interpretations of the text reflect people's own pre-text and understanding of the text, rather than the Quran itself. She criticizes readings of the Quran that are decontextualized and selective, thereby emphasizing that it should be read holistically and intratextually. She argues that the Quran itse [...]


  • G Barahona

    Barlas' book is part of the modern scholarship in Islamic studies. She puts forth a strong argument (with excellent citations) that Islam has been derailed by shutting down ijti'had and ijma as well as the elevation of the ahadith over the Qur'an itself - which God specifically warned against. The book is broken into 3 parts and the first two delve deeply into these issues. The third part focused on the impact of these failures onto women. Excellent book for its argument and her craft.


  • Exavidreader

    Some interesting and valid points based on the Quran showing how Islam strives for gender equality. Difference does not mean inequality. On the other hand, there are many other contentious issues that were not addressed such as the law of inheritance. There are also some issues that I disagree with. Although not comprehensive enough, it is still a good read.


  • Indigo

    I'm finished with "Believing Women": An incredible scholarly & critical analysis that offers an insightful & inclusive approach textually, historically, culturally; lifting the veil off of patriarchal paradigms (once and for all) and revealing the true beauty, the essence of the Qur'an. Highly Recommended.


  • Jaine

    Absolutely, a fantastic book. An important book.I can't emphasize enough how remarkable "Believing Women" is-- not remarkable only in so far as it applies to Islambut also in the realm of women's studies, women's rights, feminism, families and marriages, justice, "peace studies", theology, hermeneutics. Tremendous.


  • Herinza Syadza

    I love this book. It opens up another review of the Quran, which were not read like it was supposed to. It encouraged me to start reading the Quran again (well, that's a long lost habit that should be continuously pursued) but I think the whole concept of the book is realizing how much Islam is a liberation to those who believe, and it was never oppressive towards women. It's just.misread! :)


  • Cara

    This is in fact a reread for me, but I understood so little of it the first time around that I'm glad I read it again (and could probably do with another reread, to be honest). Even the second time around, it's a difficult book: extremely academic and accessible only with a great deal of difficulty for those who aren't well schooled in feminist theory and textual interpretation (even now, I'm note entirely sure I can explain what "hermeneutics" is). The author uses the Qur'an itself to argue aga [...]


  • Casey

    Fascinating reading of the Qur'an as an egalitarian text. Asma Barlas brings up some convincing arguments for why the Qur'an has been misread in the past to create a society in which women are treated as inferior as well as why the Qur'an is truly all about the equality of every human being. A few of her arguments seemed forced, as if she were grasping at straws to pull her theories together and prove their accuracy, but many of them made sense. I now desperately need to read through the Qur'an! [...]


  • Adam Ross

    One of the most interesting books I have read in a long time, Barlas takes on the idea that the Qur'an is patriarchal, hostile and oppressive to women, and supports polygamy. Her case is built in excruciating detail through careful scholarship, intertextual and extratextual study, and technical exegesis. Doing so shows that she takes the text seriously and is not out to corrupt the text. What struck me, as a Christian, is the similarity between the theological epistemology of both Muslim conserv [...]


  • Ahmed Diab

    By far one of the best accounts I have read on revolutionizing Islamic thought and liberating exegesis from the canonized patriarchal/misogynistic traditions. She advocates exquisitely a brave and enlightening approach to hermeneutics and exegesis, criticizing our conception of the Sunna (prophet's tradition) and illustrating how it has been shaped/manipulated throughout history.Asma's book is a good into to this new school of thought that also includes Soroush, Wadud, Abu Zaid and others.


  • Ethan

    Barlas explains in depth the patriarchal context into which the Qur'ān was revealed and how it was co-opted by patriarchal interpretive communities of the Qur'ān which, Barlas argued, can be read as a radically antipatriarchal and egalitarian text. This book offers great insight into the roots of islamic society and acts as a guidance of sorts through the misunderstanding, misuse, and abuse of the Qur'ān. I really enjoyed it.


  • Michael

    many non muslim and many muslim get there culture mixed up with islam which is totally wrong and has nothing to do with islam there is only two types of culture in the islamic faith , that is the culture of Islam which gave women rights 1434 years ago and the culture of ignorance this book shine some light to this point.


  • Penandinkpot Uzma

    Very good read and a needed book for today. A woman need not be labelled as a feminist to agree with all that is said and asked by a predominantly patriarchal tradition as opposed to a human tradition of men and women and their purpose and balanced relations.


  • Alia

    Amazing read. Really academic but so insightful for Muslims and Non Muslims alike. She does a great job of "re-reading" the Sacred text, without coming off as trying to modify it. Would highly recommend anyone interested in feminist(s) critique theories or Woman in Islam.


  • Alsandri

    Apa yang Vina pikirkan, ada disini


  • Shannon

    Very helpful for eliciting information!


  • Sabra

    this is a must read- even if you don't agree with her rather modernist take on Islam, it's definatley thought-provoking!


  • Jasbeer Musthafa

    A recommended book that makes you feel the Muslim woman dignified!


  • Imane

    Too academic


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