Citizenship and Faith

Amina Wadud

in Women and Citizenship

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195175349
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835775 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

  Citizenship and Faith

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Wadud analyzes citizenship in theocratic states governed by Shari’ah, or Islamic law, states which do not traditionally envisage the equality of women. Against such theocratic systems, Wadud argues that the canonical Islamic tradition of jurisprudence is open to reinterpretation in light of changing conditions in Muslim societies. According to Wadud, the Qur’an does not restrict agency on the grounds of gender. The gender disparity that has developed in Islamic tradition and theory denies women the means of completing their duties before Allah. Wadud calls upon all Muslims, female and male, to reform their societies so as to implement the equality inherent in the “tawhidic” Islamic paradigm, which stresses unity and harmony.

Keywords: Islam; Shari’ah; Qur’an; “tawhidic” paradigm; equality; Muslim societies; gender

Chapter.  9203 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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