By Sa'diyya Shaikh

Thirteenth-century Sufi poet, mystic, and felony pupil Muhyi al-Din ibn al-'Arabi gave deep and sustained cognizance to gender as indispensable to questions of human lifestyles and ethical personhood. analyzing his works via a severe feminist lens, Sa'diyya Shaikh opens fertile areas within which new and artistic encounters with gender justice in Islam can occur. Grounding her paintings in Islamic epistemology, Shaikh attends to the ways that Sufi metaphysics and theology may enable for primary shifts in Islamic gender ethics and criminal formulations, addressing wide-ranging modern demanding situations together with questions of women's rights in marriage and divorce, the politics of veiling, and women's management of formality prayer.

Shaikh deftly deconstructs conventional binaries among the non secular and the political, inner most conceptions of non secular improvement and public notions of social justice, and the geographical regions of internal refinement and people of communal advantage. Drawing at the precious works of Sufism, Shaikh increases a few severe questions on the character of selfhood, subjectivity, spirituality, and society to give a contribution richly to the clients of Islamic feminism in addition to feminist ethics extra broadly.

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