By Ayesha S. Chaudhry

glossy students of so much significant spiritual traditions, who search gender egalitarian interpretations in their scriptural texts, confront a standard hassle: how can they produce interpretations which are instantaneously egalitarian and authoritative, inside of traditions which are deeply patriarchal?

This publication examines the demanding situations and assets that the Islamic culture bargains to Muslim students who search to handle this issue. this is often completed via large examine of the highbrow heritage of a Qur'anic verse that has develop into particularly contentious within the sleek interval: bankruptcy four, Verse 34 (Q. 4:34) which might be learn to allow the actual disciplining of disobedient better halves by the hands in their husbands.

Though this verse has been utilized by ancient and modern Muslim students in a number of how you can justify the proper of husbands to bodily self-discipline their other halves, innovative and reformist Muslim students and activists supply substitute and non-violent readings of the verse. the various and divergent interpretations of Q. 4:34 showcases the pivotal function of the reader in shaping the which means and implications of scriptural texts.

This publication investigates the delicate and artistic interpretive methods to Q. 4:34, tracing the highbrow heritage of Muslim scholarship in this verse from the 9th century to the current day. Ayesha S. Chaudhry examines the lively and various, and every now and then contradictory, readings of this verse to bare how Muslims relate to their inherited culture and the Qur'anic text.

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