Book Review of: Qur'an and Woman by Amina Wadud-Muhsin
Barazangi, Nimat Hafez
Wadud-Muhsin's book is a welcomed addition to Islamic studies scholarly work as well as to the list of readings in Women's Studies and Islamic Studies courses. The media and the popular culture literature in America and Europe are not the only biased group in portraying women in Islam as "oppressed" and that their liberation can take place only outside Islam. Contrary to my trust in the impartiality of educational institutions, I am finding that such institutions are more inequitable when it comes to scholars who address the "Muslim woman question" from within the framework of Islam. I was surprised, for instance to find that only one theological seminary library in the entire United States has obtained this book, even though many universities, including my institution, have a long list of recent publications on Muslim women.
Copyright 1994, Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in the edited publication Journal of Islamic Studies following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available through Oxford University Press: http://jis.oxfordjournals.org. See also: http://www.eself-learning-arabic.cornell.edu/publications.htm#6
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Women's liberation from within Islam; Media and academia stereotypes; Inequitable treatment of scholars
Previously Published As
Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford, England. July 1994, pp. 324-326.