dc.contributor.author Barazangi, Nimat dc.contributor.author Research Fellow Feminist dc.contributor.author Gender, & Sexuality Studies dc.contributor.author Cornell University dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-30T14:17:58Z dc.date.available 2015-11-30T14:17:58Z dc.date.issued 2015-11-19 dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1813/41332 dc.description This was a lecture to the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti on 19 November 2015 at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. en_US dc.description.abstract 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 to understand the foundations of Muslim extremism. To better understand this crisis, we need a radical shift in discourse to be able to analyze the mind-set of these extremist Muslims, the majority of whom are males. They may claim to adhere to Islam, yet they are violating the basic principle of Islam by coercing people to follow their own rules under threat of force or rape. They call for the rule of shari’a, but the meaning of “shari’a” has been largely abused for many centuries. Their behavior is mainly based on few Islamic texts that are either taken out of context or fabricated to justify their violent acts. en_US For example, Muslim extremists use some of the reported narratives (Hadith) on the authority of the Prophet Muhammad (also known as his tradition or sunnah) to enforce social structure that negatively affect Muslim women, like issues of modesty, leadership, and testimony. This abuse of the reported narratives, I argue, is the main cause of the crisis in understanding Islam because some of these narratives are not corroborated by the Quran. Muslim women, therefore, need to rethink the Hadith because it is still being used as a source for applying the Quran, or as the primary source before the Quran, even when the contents of some narratives are not corroborated by the Quran. Hadith narratives must be carefully evaluated and should not replace Quranic guidance, the only divine and binding text of Islam. dc.description.abstract For example, Muslim extremists use some of the reported narratives (Hadith) on the authority of the Prophet Muhammad (also known as his tradition or sunnah) to enforce social structure that negatively affect Muslim women, like issues of modesty, leadership, and testimony. This abuse of the reported narratives, I argue, is the main cause of the crisis in understanding Islam because some of these narratives are not corroborated by the Quran. Muslim women, therefore, need to rethink the Hadith because it is still being used as a source for applying the Quran, or as the primary source before the Quran, even when the contents of some narratives are not corroborated by the Quran. Hadith narratives must be carefully evaluated and should not replace Quranic guidance, the only divine and binding text of Islam. dc.language.iso en_US en_US dc.title Foundations of Muslim Extremism and the Marginalization and Violence Against Women en_US dc.type video/moving image en_US dc.description.viewer 1_nkwl3m04 en_US
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