Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence
Simon and Schuster, 2016 M01 7 - 320 pages
Stoning. Slavery. Honour Killings. Homosexuality. In the context of Islam, these topics are frequently discussed but little understood. When debated, such emotive issues often spark heated argument rather than reasoned deliberation. In this lucid and carefully constructed collection of essays, feminist academic Dr Kecia Ali examines classical Muslim texts and tries to evaluate whether a just system of sexual ethics is possible within an Islamic framework.
Seeking to avoid polemical argument, Ali inspects key themes such as consent and control, which are crucial to any understanding of either traditional Islamic sexual ethics or the possibilities for progressive transformation in these ideals. Suitable for undergraduates and the interested reader alike, Sexual Ethics and Islam is an essential tool for understanding modern Islam in today’s increasingly sexualised world.
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texts,. translation,. and. transliteration. Because the specific Arabic terminology
and its connotations are so vital to the issues at stake, particularly where the
words have legal implications, I have striven for consistency in my translation of
Why, though, focus on texts when Islamic normative doctrine has never been
entirely reliable as an indicator of Muslim practice? Notwithstanding British
colonial official F.X. Ruxton's claim, in the preface to his translation of a fourteenth
It is an obvious point, but it bears stating directly: in making value judgments,
people are influenced not only by religious texts and teachings but also by their
own social, cultural, and religious backgrounds. The early jurists were no
Those texts, while sometimes suggesting that women have a religious obligation
to manage the household, generally stress that the husband maintains his wife in
exchange not for household services but for her sexual availability to him.
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Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith and JurisprudenceUser Review - Publishers Weekly
In this important revised edition of Ali's major treatise on a feminist approach to Islam, she offers a broad and comprehensive view of how sexual ethics have been defined in Islam throughout history ... Read full review
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This book is excellent! This woman is a brilliant scholar: quotes from a variety of texts, presents both (sometimes multiple) sides of an argument, and honestly reveals her own biases. I can't recommend this book strongly enough!!! Read full review
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