This Community houses the various publications and scholarly works of Nimat Hafez Barazangi in the fields of Feministist and Women Studies and Linguistics, Culture and Religion.

Barazangi's fifty years of combined scholarly active work with Arab, Muslim, and non-Muslim organizations and individuals in North America and the Muslim world has been intertwined with her academic research and achievements that resulted in over 50 published research and encyclopedia articles, book reviews, edited journal, computerized instructional programs, and three monographs:

  • The monograph Women’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith Ashgate (2015). This book is a brave and passionate plea for Muslim women to reclaim the egalitarian message of their faith, which was eclipsed after the Prophet's death by the exclusion of women from positions of leadership and from participation in the production of religious knowledge.
  • Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading , The University Press of Florida (2004) was labeled by one reviewer as "the most radical book in the last 14th centuries of Islam.".
  • The co-edited volume: Islamic Identity and the Struggle for Justice . The University Press of Florida (1996)
  • Her latest work focuses on the abuse of Hadith and The Absence of Muslim Women in Shaping Islamic Thought: Foundations of Muslims’ Peaceful and Just Co-Existence.

She Received several awards for her Action Research, including:

  • Senior Fulbright Scholarship from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to Syria 2005-2006.
  • United Nations Development Program TOKTEN Fellowships 1999 and 2002
  • Visiting Fellowship from Oxford University's Centre of Islamic Studies (1994).
  • Three-year (1995-1997) Serial Fulbright Scholarship from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to Syria.
  • Scholarship from The International Council for Adult Education (1993-94).
  • The Glock Award for her 1988 Ph.D. dissertation "Perceptions of the Islamic Belief System: The Muslims in North America" from the Department of Education at Cornell University.

Her major Participatory Action Research projects, relating the Islamic worldview that is based on faith and reason with research and community service, aim at educating in and about Islam and at integrating Muslims' and Arabs' worldviews with that of the Western worldview of North America.

To access Nimat Hafez Barazangi's CV click here and Biography click here.

Listen to her lecture Why Muslim Women Must Reinterpret the Qur-an originally presented at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on July 19, 2010.

See also Participatory Feminism and CUL Race and Religion Site.

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  • 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 ...
  • Women’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith 

    Barazangi, Nimat Hafez (Ashgate, 2015)
    The Prophet Muhammad’s reported traditions have evolved significantly to affect the social, cultural, and political lives of all Muslims. Though centuries of scholarship were spent on the authentication and trustworthiness ...
  • 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 ...

    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. ...

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