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Qur'an and Woman

Amina Wadud-Muhsin

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Qur'an and Woman

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Muslims number more than 3 million in the United States and constitute one of the country's fastest-growing religious groups. African-Americans, comprising a third of this Islamic communitymost of the rest are immigrants from Islamic countries and their descendantshave traditionally practiced heterodox forms of Islam not recognized as Islamic by Muslim scholars in other countries. Since Malcolm X's (19251965) famous pilgrimage in 1964, however, many African-American Muslims have adopted more orthodox Islamic practices. At the same time, African-American Muslims have brought their own historical experiences to bear on their Islamic faith. 1 A leading representative of this approach is Amina Wadud-Muhsin (United States, born 1952), a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Wadud-Muhsin combines gendered readings of the Qur'an with the experience of African-American women to argue that Islamic injunctions must be interpreted in relation to specific historical circumstances.

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