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

  • LA AUTOIDENTIDAD DE LA MUJER MUSULMANA1 

    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 ...
  • Muslim Women's Islamic Higher Learning as a Human Right: The Action Plan 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Syracuse University Press, 1997)
    How do we expect the Muslim woman, collectively and individually, to identify with Islam as revered teachings and to act within its parameters, and to accommodate new human knowledge, be it that of a local Mufti's (clergy) ...
  • The Equilibrium of Islamic Education: Has Muslim Women's Education Preserved the Religion? 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Religion And Education, 1998)
    I focus on issues of equilibrium in Muslim women's education to understand the tension between the ideals and practice and its ramifications for Islamic and Muslims' education in the United States. I argue that one maintainer ...
  • Parents and Youth: Perceiving and Practicing Islam in North America 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Temple University Press, 1996)
    This chapter examines how some Arab Muslim youth and families in North America perceive themselves both as Arabs and as Muslims in the context of Canadian and United States societies. Parents are concerned with how best ...
  • Self-identity as a Form of Democratization: The Syrian Experience 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Indiana University Press, 1999)
    This chapter combines historical research and a field reporting of participatory action research (PAR) with one of the grassroots women's movement in Syria. I will analyze the participatory or democratization efforts by ...
  • Muslim Women's Islamic Higher Learning as a Human Right: Theory and Practice 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Syracuse University Press, 2000)
    Limited access to Islamic higher learning is argued to be the basis for the Muslim woman's inability to emancipate and to self-identity as a Khalifa (trustee)--a Qur'anic mandate (or potential) of human existence. Muslim ...
  • Al Huwiyah Al Dhatiyah lil Mar'a Al Muslimah 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Dar Al-Fikr, 2002)
    See attached abstract in Arabic.
  • Domestic Democracy: The Road to National and International Democracy 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, 2003)
    In this paper, I draw an analogy between participatory democracy in the Qur`anic gender revolution and the national-international democratic relationship. Qur`anic relations create an active process of individual political ...
  • Muslim Women's Education: Between East and West 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Holmes and Meier, 2004)
    The media and the popular culture literature in America and Europe are not the only biased groups in portraying women in Islam as "oppressed" and that their liberation can take place only outside Islam. Contrary to my trust ...
  • Understanding Muslim Women's Self-Identity and Resistance to Feminism and Participatory Action Research 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Praeger, 2004)
    While headed in similar directions, rarely have feminist researchers and participatory action researchers acknowledged each other as collaborators with mutually important contributions to the journey. Through the work ...
  • Silent Revolution of a Muslim Arab American Scholar-Activist 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Texas University Press, 2005)
    After 35 years of living in the Unites States, every time I meet a new person, I am asked: Where are you from? My own personal, political and scholarly journey along with that of some of my cohorts engaged in search for ...

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