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Never Wholly OtherA Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism$
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Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362783.001.0001

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Contemporary Muslim Women Interpreters of the Qurʾān

Contemporary Muslim Women Interpreters of the Qurʾān

Hermeneutical Approach and Conception of Difference

(p.81) 3 Contemporary Muslim Women Interpreters of the Qurʾān
Never Wholly Other

Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the hermeneutical and conceptual contributions of three Muslim women interpreters of the Qurʾān: Amina Wadud, Asma Barlas, and Riffat Hassan. It explores their Qurʾān-centered hermeneutic of suspicion that emphasizes a Qurʾānic worldview, textual holism, context, textual silence, the distinction between text and interpretation, and polysemy. This chapter also examines their conception of human difference, which acknowledges sameness, divinely intended difference, human relationality, and taqwā (God consciousness) as the sole basis of evaluative distinction among humans. The chapter argues that elements of these scholars’ conception of sexual difference can be generalized and connected to an alternative conception of religious difference.

Keywords:   Muslim women, Interpretation, Wadud, Barlas, Hassan, Polysemy, Divinely intended difference, Relationality, Taqwā, Human difference

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