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Feminist Edges of the Qur’an$
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Aysha A. Hidayatullah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199359561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359561.001.0001

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The Tawhidic Paradigm

The Tawhidic Paradigm

(p.110) 6 The Tawhidic Paradigm
Feminist Edges of the Qur’an

Aysha A. Hidayatullah

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the use of the tawhidic paradigm in feminist Qur’anic interpretation, a strategy which takes its name from the core Islamic concept of tawhid, the doctrine of God’s unity and incomparability. The chapter outlines the arguments that sexism is a form of idolatry (because it attributes a God-like role to men over women), that one can never pronounce a final interpretation of the Quran (since to do so would be to claim to have God’s knowledge and to place oneself in the role of God), and that clear distinctions must be made between the text of the Quran and its interpretation. The chapter explains how the exegetes use these arguments to counter sexist readings of the Qur’an and to confront parts of the text which create particular challenges for feminist exegesis.

Keywords:   Qur’an, feminist, sexism, interpretation, tawhid, idolatry, text, exegesis

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