Dr. Nimat Hafez Barazangi's forty years of combined scholarly active work with Arab, Muslim, and non-Muslim organizations and individuals in North America and the Muslim/Arab world has mainly focused on the development and education of Muslim/Arab women in the primary sources of Islam; the Qur'an and the Hadith (Prophet Muhammad's narrated traditions). She published about 25 research articles and book reviews, and a monograph on this subject.

Her monograph Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading (The University Press of Florida, 2004) was labeled by an anonymous reviewer as "the most radical book in the last 14 centuries of Islam." The monograph was translated in 2007 into Arabic under the title: Qira'a Jadida lil Qura'n: Al Huwiya al Dhatiya lil Mar'a.

To access Nimat Hafez Barazangi's latest lecture in Arabic, click here.

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Her latest research work is The Absence of Muslim Women in Shaping Islamic Thought.
A lecture presented on this topic at Hamline University School of Law, October 2008, .

Please send your comments and suggestions to Dr. Nimat Hafez BARAZANGI: nhb2@cornell.edu.

Recent Submissions

  • Why Muslim Women are Re-interpreting the Qur`an and Hadith: A Transformative Scholarship-Activism 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Ashgate Publishing series, Gender in Law, Culture and Society, 2013., 2013)
    In order to challenge and transform the un-Islamic views of women as secondary in the structure of Muslim societies, women have retaken their principal role and reinterpreted the primary source of Islam, the Qur'an. As ...
  • Foundations of Muslim Extremism and the Marginalization and Violence Against Women 

    Barazangi, Nimat; Research Fellow Feminist; Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Cornell University (2015-11-19)
    In this presentation I argue that Muslim women issues are symptoms of the widespread crisis in understanding Islam. I also argue that these issues, being the consequences of extremism on all fronts, are the active drive ...
  • LA AUTOIDENTIDAD DE LA MUJER MUSULMANA 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez; Traducción: Jolanda Guardi (Athenea Digital, 2014-12)
    Este texto quiere ser una investigación pedagógica estructurada históricamente sobre la condición de la mujer árabe y musulmana, y tiene como objetivo el de explicar cómo las primeras mujeres musulmanas y las contemporáneas ...
  • The Absence of Muslim Women in Shaping Islamic Thought: Foundations of Muslims’ Peaceful and Just Co‐existence 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Journal of Law and Religion, 2008-11)
    This paper explores the ethical and legal pedagogy of the current debates on “reforming” Muslim societies, whether they claim to reform social and legal systems, reform educational institutions, or liberate Muslim women. ...
  • The Absence of Muslim Women in Shaping and Developing Islamic Thought 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Dialogue of Truth for Life Together, 2013-10)
    It is fair to claim that the true message of Islam concerning women has rarely been practiced throughout Islamic history and for the past 14 centuries. Muslim women have remained a passive force in changing the prevailing ...
  • Muslim Women in North America 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (1991)
    Barazangi discusses the challenges facing American Muslim women in search of identity. Her lecture was part of the Series on "National Conversions and Social Diversions," Organized by the Western Societies Program at Cornell ...
  • American Muslim Women Challenging Conventional Understanding of Islam 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Cornell University, 2009-09-28)
    Muslim women all over the world have been mostly viewed as secondary and/or complementary in the structure of all Muslim societies. In order to challenge and transform these un-Islamic views, women needed to retake their ...
  • Why Muslim Women Are Re-Interpreting the Qur'an: A Transformative Scholarship-Activism 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Cornell University, 2010-09-16)
    Muslim women all over the world have been mostly viewed as secondary and/or complementary in the structure of Muslim societies. In order to challenge and transform these un-Islamic views, women needed to retake their ...
  • Why Muslim Women Must Reinterpret the Qur'an 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Commonwealth Club, 2010-07-19)
    Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D. '88, a research fellow in the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Cornell, suggests it's time for Muslim women to have a peaceful, silent revolution firmly grounded in the Qur'an. ...
  • Vicegerency and Gender Justice in Islam 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (University Press of Florida, 1996)
    This chapter summarizes Islamic view of life as a system and analyzes some implications of this system for family and male-female relationships. It is necessary, therefore, to replace the conceived notion that Islam is a ...

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