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Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith and Jurisprudence
     

Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith and Jurisprudence

by Kecia Ali
 

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EXPANDED AND REVISED TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Whether exploring the thorny issues of wives’ sexual duties, divorce, homosexuality, or sex outside marriage, discussions of sexual ethics and Islam often spark heated conflict rather than reasoned argument. In this groundbreaking, lucid, and carefully constructed work, feminist Muslim scholar Dr Kecia

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EXPANDED AND REVISED TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Whether exploring the thorny issues of wives’ sexual duties, divorce, homosexuality, or sex outside marriage, discussions of sexual ethics and Islam often spark heated conflict rather than reasoned argument. In this groundbreaking, lucid, and carefully constructed work, feminist Muslim scholar Dr Kecia Ali asks how one can determine what makes sex lawful and ethical in the sight of God.

This updated Tenth Anniversary Edition takes into account how the world has changed in the decade since the first edition, including the way the Internet has changed how we debate these issues, and the extreme versions of Islam presented by the likes of Boko Haram and Islamic State.

Drawing on both revealed and interpretative Muslim texts, Ali critiques medieval and contemporary commentators alike to produce a balanced and comprehensive study of a subject both sensitive and urgent, making this an invaluable resource for students, scholars, and interested readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/22/2016
In this important revised edition of Ali's major treatise on a feminist approach to Islam, she offers a broad and comprehensive view of how sexual ethics have been defined in Islam throughout history, and how those understandings inform and define Islam today. There has long been a tension between religion and sexuality, Ali argues, with societies defining both norms and taboos within their communities. In the west, Islam has been viewed as a religion that limits the rights of women, in some regions influencing laws that forbid them to drive or to vote. Chapters place marriage, divorce, sexual activity, same-sex relationships, and female circumcision in historical perspective, helping readers to understand today's Islamic attitudes and mores. The chapter on the Prophet Muhammed's marriage to a very young girl really brings to forefront the importance of viewing events in the light of their cultural and historical context. Each chapter ends with a coda that brings her earlier text up to date. This is a significant addition the feminist understanding of Islam and its complex views of sexuality. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

‘It’s great to have a new edition of this foundational work in Muslim feminism that, ten years down the road, widens and deepens the important questions raised by the first edition.’

(Dr. Judith Plaskow, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College)

‘An important and daring book. It not only deals with deeply controversial issues, but also suggests principled and ethical answers within an Islamic framework.’

(Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, legal anthropologist, activist and a founding member of Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family)

‘Compulsory reading for anyone interested in grappling with the enormously challenging questions of sexual ethics in contemporary Islam.’

(Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Notre Dame)

‘For too long debates over sexuality and religion have lapsed into a ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ state of mind. Professor Ali is willing to ask the tough questions.’

(Contemporary Islam Journal)

"Ali is willing to ask the tough questions. A refreshing analysis of sexual ethics in Islam."

(The Globe and Mail)

"This book is a vigorous and engaging contribution to a very important dialog."

(American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences)

"With unwavering focus, clarity and scholarly confidence, Dr. Ali advances our understanding of profound ethical questions far beyond the apologetics and polemics of current Islamic discourse."

(Abdullahi An-Naim - Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851684557
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
06/25/2006
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Kecia Ali is Assistant Professor of Religion at Boston University. She previously held research and teaching fellowships at Brandeis University and Harvard Divinity School.

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