Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition

Titolo Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition
Autore Chaudhry
Editore Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199640164
Disciplina Diritto
Anno di pubblicazione 2013
Abstract Law, Philosophy of Law
Keywords: Islam, Quran, law, exegesis, 4:34, domestic violence, patriarchy, gender egalitarianism, tradition, reform
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Abstract editore Find in Worldcat Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition Ayesha S. Chaudhry Abstract Modern scholars in the three Abrahamic traditions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—who seek gender egalitarian readings of their traditions confront a common dilemma: how can they produce interpretations that are at once egalitarian and authoritative within traditions that are deeply patriarchal? This book examines the challenges and resources that the Islamic tradition offers to Muslim scholars who seek to address this dilemma, which is achieved through an extensive study of the intellectual history of a Qur’anic verse that has become contentious in the modern period: Chapter 4, verse 34 (Q. 4:34). This investigation spans the pre- and post-colonial periods, analyzing Qur’an commentaries and Islamic legal texts from the ninth to sixteenth centuries, and printed, electronic, and audio/visual religious scholarship in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Though the verse has been used by historical and contemporary Muslim scholars to justify the right of husbands to physically discipline their wives, progressive and reformist Muslim scholars and activists challenge this interpretation, offering alternative and non-violent readings of the verse. A critical investigation of the sophisticated hermeneutical strategies of reading Q. 4:34 leads to the central thesis of this book, which is that varied ‘idealized cosmologies’ can yield surprisingly diverse, sometimes even contradictory, readings of a scriptural text. The malleability in textual readings transfers responsibility of meaning solely from a fixed text with a singular meaning to communities of readers who constantly shape the meanings and implications of these texts.
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