An Examination of the Nature and Necessity of Feminist Interpretation of the Holy Quran
Preispitivanje prirode i neophodnosti feminističkog tumačenja Kurana
Subject(s): Sociology, Islam studies, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Centar za religijske nauke "Kom"
Keywords: Islamic feminism; feminist exegesis of the Quran; social interpretation; interpretative approach; gender equality; equality of rights
Summary/Abstract: The Holy Quran, as the greatest source of Islam, has always been the origin for multiple interpretive attitudes throughout the history of Islam. The existence of Mūtashābīh (multivalent or ambiguous) verses in the Holy Quran has opened new room for the introduction of various approaches in the interpretation including social approach and Feminist interpretation as one of its examples. After a brief introduction of Islamic feminism, this essay elaborates on the most important principles of feminist interpretation in contrast to traditional or classic ones such as gender equality, equality of rights, avoiding patriarchalism, complete freedom of intellect in understanding the Quran, the principle of non-contradiction among various sections of the Quran, and etc. Finally, the above principles are evaluated and criticized upon different elements including non-patriarchal nature of traditional interpretations, true viewpoints of the Quran regarding the equality of rights and gender equality, invalidity of eisegesis or subjective interpretation and matriarchally oriented approaches of feminist thinkers in exegesis of the Quran.
- Issue Year: IX/2020
- Issue No: 2
- Page Range: 65-85
- Page Count: 21
- Language: English