Course Details

820: Gender Equality in the Qur'anic Revelation

July 16-18
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

A discussion of a book translated from French by the Muneera Salem-Murdock and published by Palgrave MacMillan, distinguishing Islam as a spiritual message from the sociopolitical context of its revelation. While the Qur'an reveals a clear empowerment of women and equality of believers, such spirit is barely reflected in the interpretations. The author, Asma Lamrabet, an outspoken Muslim feminist, laments the inclination of both Muslims and non-Muslims to readily embrace flawed human interpretations that devalue women rather than remaining faithful to the meaning of the text. 

Class Format: Reading and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Muneera Salem-Murdock
Muneera Salem-Murdock has a PhD in Anthropology. She is the author of Arabs and Nubians in New Halfa: A Study of Settlement and Irrigation, the co-author of Les Barrages de la Controverse: le cas de la Vallée du Fleuve Senegal, the editor of Anthropology and Development in Africa and the Mideast, and a contributor to several volumes of Anthropological Approaches to Resettlement. 

Reading List:

Women and Men in the Qur'an, Asma Lamrabet. Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, ISBN: 9783319787404.
Translated from French by Muneera Salem-Murdock