By Asma Barlas

Does Islam demand the oppression of girls? Non-Muslims element to the subjugation of ladies that happens in lots of Muslim nations, particularly those who declare to be "Islamic," whereas many Muslims learn the Qur'an in ways in which appear to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. Taking a unconditionally various view, Asma Barlas develops a believer's examining of the Qur'an that demonstrates the notably egalitarian and anti-patriarchal nature of its teachings. starting with a old research of spiritual authority and information, Barlas exhibits how Muslims got here to learn inequality and patriarchy into the Qur'an to justify latest spiritual and social buildings and demonstrates that the patriarchal meanings ascribed to the Qur'an are a functionality of who has learn it, how, and in what contexts. She is going directly to reread the Qur'an's place on quite a few concerns in an effort to argue that its teachings don't help patriarchy. on the contrary, Barlas convincingly asserts that the Qur'an affirms the entire equality of the sexes, thereby delivering a chance to theorise radical sexual equality from in the framework of its teachings.
This new view takes readers into the guts of Islamic teachings on girls, gender, and patriarchy, permitting them to comprehend Islam via its so much sacred scripture, instead of via Muslim cultural practices or Western media stereotypes.

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