Does Islam call for the oppression of women? The subjugation of
women in many Muslim countries is often used as evidence of this,
while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify
sexual oppression and inequality. In this paradigm-shifting book,
Asma Barlas argues that, far from supporting male privilege, the
Qur'an actually affirms the complete equality of the sexes.
Offering a historical analysis of religious authority and
knowledge, Barlas shows how, for centuries, Muslims have read
patriarchy into the Qur'an to justify existing religious and social
structures. In this seminal volume, she takes readers into the
heart of Islamic teachings on women, gender and patriarchy,
offering an egalitarian reading of Islam's most sacred scripture.
This revised edition includes two new chapters, a new preface, and
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