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Qur’an of the OppressedLiberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam$
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Shadaab Rahemtulla

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198796480.001.0001

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On Thematic Readings

(p.226) 6 Conclusions
Qur’an of the Oppressed

Shadaab Rahemtulla

Oxford University Press

This last chapter reflects on the significance of liberationist and women’s gender egalitarian readings of the Qur’an. In addition to their manifest social relevance, particularly in terms of addressing social injustice, this chapter argues that these readings give three critical insights into the wider genre of ‘thematic exegesis’ of the Qur’an: namely, (a) the desire to partake in a direct engagement with the Qur’anic text, unmediated by the exegetical tradition; (b) the conscious foregrounding of the subject position of the reader in the task of interpretation, suggesting a linkage between thematic reflection and the discipline of ‘contextual theology’; and (c) the key role that print culture has played in shaping the craft of commentary, massifying both the producers and consumers of religious knowledge.

Keywords:   thematic exegesis, Qur’an, exegetical tradition, subject position, contextual theology, print culture, book markets

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