Publication

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    Building on the success of Anthology, Volume I: On the Nature of the Divine, this second volume in the series focuses on a critical and contentious theme: Women in the Qurʾan and traditional Qurʾanic commentaries. It comprises analysis of the female subject in the Qurʾan, annotated translations of Qurʾanic commentaries spanning 12 centuries, interviews of contemporary Muslim scholars and extensive introductory materials, which frame the work throughout and render these technically complex materials accessible to the reader.

    On Women begins with a critical introduction to the study of women and gender in the genre of Qurʾanic commentaries. A unique prolegomenon then follows key Qurʾanic terms in a chronological sequence, showing how the Qurʾan’s world view on women developed from the earliest Meccan revelations, when women were addressed only implicitly as a part of households or in the course of anti-pagan polemic, to the period of the final revelations in Medina, when women were addressed directly as pious and social subjects.

    The remainder of the volume translates, critically annotates, and analyses interpretations of six select Qurʾanic verses on women. These verses, chosen because of their relevance to women’s lived experience, speak of the creation of humankind beginning with a single soul (Q. 4:1); the exemplary figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus (Q. 3:35–6); women’s status in marriage (Q. 4:34); women’s legal testimony and hence legal capacity (Q. 2:282); and ‘veiling’ as it relates to Qur’anic norms of modesty (Q. 24:31). While highlighting variation, continuity, and plurality in the genre of Qurʾanic commentaries, Volume II goes beyond medieval interpretive paradigms to include perspectives marginalised by that tradition, such as the voices of women themselves.

  • - Foreword by Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga

    - Acknowledgements

    - Note on Translation and Conventions

    - List of Abbreviations

    - Introduction

    - Prolegomenon: The Qurʾānic lexicon on women

    - The Commentators and their Commentaries

    - Map of Centres of Learning in the Islamic World

    1. Human creation (Q. 4:1)
    Muqātil; Hūd; Qummī; Ṭabarī; Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān; Qushayrī; Muʾayyad fī’l-Dīn al-Shīrāzī; Zamakhsharī; Ṭabrisī; Rāzī; Qurṭubī; Kāshānī; Ibn Kathīr; Muḥsin al-Fayḍ al-Kāshānī; Burūsawī; ʿAbduh and Riḍā; Faḍl Allāh; Fariba Alasvand; Mehdi Mehrizi; Nasser Ghorbannia; Sa'diyya Shaikh; amina wadud


    2. Mary (Q. 3:35–6)
    Muqātil; Hūd; Qummī; Ṭabarī; Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān; Qushayrī; Zamakhsharī; Ṭabrisī; Rāzī; Qurṭubī; Kāshānī; Ibn Kathīr; Muḥsin al-Fayḍ al-Kāshānī; Burūsawī; ʿAbduh and Riḍā; Faḍl Allāh


    3. Marital Roles (Q. 4:34)
    Muqātil; Hūd; Qummī; Ṭabarī; Qushayrī; Zamakhsharī; Ṭabrisī; Rāzī; Qurṭubī; Ibn Kathīr; Muḥsin al-Fayḍ al-Kāshānī; Burūsawī; ʿAbduh and Riḍā; Faḍl Allāh; Grand Ayatollahinfo-icon Saanei; Fariba Alasvand; Mehdi Mehrizi; Sa'diyya Shaikh; amina wadud


    4. The Veil (Q. 24:31)
    Muqātil; Hūd; Qummī; Ṭabarī; Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān; Qushayrī; Zamakhsharī; Ṭabrisī; Rāzī; Qurṭubī; Ibn Kathīr; Muḥsin al-Fayḍ al-Kāshānī; Burūsawī; Faḍl Allāh;Sa'diyya Shaikh; amina wadud


    5. Women’s Testimony (Q. 2:282)
    Muqātil; Hūd; Qummī; Ṭabarī; Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān; Zamakhsharī; Ṭabrisī; Rāzī; Qurṭubī; Ibn Kathīr; Muḥsin al-Fayḍ al-Kāshānī; Burūsawī; ʿAbduh and Riḍā; Faḍl Allāh; Fariba Alasvand; Yūsuf Saanei; Mehdi Mehrizi; Nasser Ghorbannia


    - Prosopographical appendix

    - Bibliography

    - Index of Qurʾānic Citations

    - Index

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  • Dr. Karen Bauer

    English
    Dr. Karen Bauer (PhD, Princeton) is a Senior Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies Unit of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. She specialises in Islamic social and intellectual history; her specific interests include the Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis, the history of emotions in early Islam, and gender in Islamic history and thought. Although she is mostly known as a medievalist, she occasionally ventures into modern territory, such as when she interviewed religious scholars ( ʿulamaʾ ) in Iran and Syria for her book Gender Hierarchy in the Qur’an : Medieval Interpretations, Modern...Read more

    Dr. Feras Hamza

    English
    Dr Feras Hamza is Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE, and is also a Research Fellow in the Qur’anic Studies Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He co-edited (with Sajjad Rizvi and Farhana Mayer) An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries, Volume I: On the Nature of the Divine (Oxford, 2008) and is the general series editor for the multi-volume Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries, as well as editor for the Brill series Islamic Literatures: Texts and Studies . He has authored several historical articles on the early...Read more