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Muslimsk feminism - två perspektiv: En kvalitativ textanalys om hur två muslimska feministiska teologer förhåller sig till den islamiska traditionen
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines two Muslim feminist theologians and their approach to the Islamic tradition and the religious sources. The purpose of the study is to examine their presentation and interpretation of the sources from a feminist perspective and to compare their arguments. Former studies have shown that the authors aim to convince the reader that their message are the right one by using a reinterpretation of the sources and that feminist authors argue that the ideal message of the Quran is equality between the sexes. The interpretations through history are considered to be misogynic because the male religious elite have controlled the progress of the discursive tradition. A theoretical approach involving The basket metaphor by Jan Hjärpe, the theory about symbolic universes by Berger & Luckmann and the discussion about the anthropology of islam by Talal Asad are used to explain how the Muslim feminists relate to the Islamic tradition.

 

The result show that both authors defend Islam as a religion but have different approaches regarding their interpretation. They are both using the Islamic sources to argue why the ideal in Islamic tradition are equality between the sexes. Mernissi mainly focusses on the actors in history to explain why woman should have equal rights and Wadud mainly focuses on the linguistics of the sources. The result also shows that there has been a shift in attitude. Mernissi had in her earlier texts a negative attitude towards the early years of Islam and meant that Muhammed and his companions restricted the agency of women. Later in her texts it is clear that she has a more positive approach. Wadud on the other hand stated in her earlier text that all verses in the Quran has a desire for equality. In her later text she declares that there are problematic verses in the Quran and that they could be disregarded.

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2019. , p. 52
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Religion, islam, feminism, textanalys, islamisk tradition
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Religious Studies Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-44769ISRN: JU-HLK-RKA-2-20190093OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-44769DiVA, id: diva2:1328838
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HLK, Religious Studies
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Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-23 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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