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Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition

Ayesha S. Chaudhry


Modern scholars in the three Abrahamic traditions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—who seek gender egalitarian readings of their traditions confront a common dilemma: how can they produce interpretations that are at once egalitarian and authoritative within traditions that are deeply patriarchal? This book examines the challenges and resources that the Islamic tradition offers to Muslim scholars who seek to address this dilemma, which is achieved through an extensive study of the intellectual history of a Qur’anic verse that has become contentious in the modern period: Chapter 4, verse 34 (Q. ... More

Keywords: Islam, Qur’ān, law, exegesis, 4:34, domestic violence, patriarchy, gender egalitarianism, tradition, reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199640164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayesha S. Chaudhry, author
Assistant Professor of Islamic and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia