Windows of Faith: Muslim Women Scholar-Activists of North America / Edition 1

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These essays by leading Islamic women scholars in North America give voice to and are evidence of the growing network of Muslim women involved with the issues of women's human rights through "scholarship activism." Gisela Webb brings together critical arguments for the existence of religious mandates within the core scripture and teaching of Islam for the fair treatment of women.

This book is the basis for the history of Islamic women's jurisprudence and a major landmark in the history of modern interpretations of Islam. It attends to what many observers, both inside and outside of Islam, regard as the most important development in the Islamic world today. Although Islamic fundamentalism garners more media attention because it is more sensational and sound-byte friendly, issues associated with women's roles in Islam are in the forefront of Islamic discussion and reform today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815628521
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Women and Gender in North American Religion Series
  • Edition description: INDEXED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 549,779
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: "May Muslim Women Speak for Themselves, Please?"
Pt. 1 Qur'anic/Theological Foundations
1 Alternative Qur'anic Interpretation and the Status of Muslim Women 3
2 Muslim Women's Islamic Higher Learning as a Human Right: Theory and Practice 22
Pt. 2 Law
3 An Introduction to Muslim Women's Rights 51
4 Women's Self-Identity in the Qur'an and Islamic Law 72
5 Her Honor: An Islamic Critique of the Rape Laws of Pakistan from a Woman-Sensitive Perspective 102
6 The Scholar and the Fatwa: Legal Issues Facing African American and Immigrant Muslim Communities in the United States 136
Pt. 3 Literature, Spirituality
7 Braiding the Stories: Women's Eloquence in the Early Islamic Era 147
8 Reading the Signs: Unfolding Truth and the Transformation of Authority 172
Pt. 4 Activism
9 Striving for Muslim Women's Human Rights - Before and Beyond Beijing: An African American Perspective 197
10 Is Family Planning Permitted by Islam? The Issue of a Women's Right to Contraception 226
App. A Human Rights in the Qur'anic Perspective 241
App. B A Partial List of Organizations for Muslim Women's Rights, Advocacy, and Higher Islamic Education in the United States 249
Glossary 259
Works Cited 267
Index 281
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