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Women and Gender in the Qur'an

Celene Ibrahim


Hundreds of Qur’anic verses pertain to women and girl figures. These figures play pivotal roles in Islamic sacred history, and the Qur’an celebrates the aptitudes of many such figures in the realms of spirituality, politics, and family. Some women are political adversaries of prophets or use their agency in morally corrupt ways; however, the Qur’an presents many more examples of pious women and girls, including those who birth, protect, guide, and inspire prophets. This book outlines how female figures—old, young, barren, fertile, chaste, profligate, saintly, and reproachable—enter Islamic sac ... More

Keywords: feminist exegesis, gender, Muslim feminism, Muslim scripture, Prophet Muḥammad, Qur’an, Qur’anic exegesis, revelation, tafsīr, women’s studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190063818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190063818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Celene Ibrahim, author
Muslim Chaplain, Tufts University