Islam - The Key Concepts by Kecia Ali

By Kecia Ali

Islam: the most important options is a transparent and concise advisor to the faith and tradition of Islam. Kecia Ali and Oliver Leaman discover this hugely topical topic concentrating on key matters together with: the Qur’an, religion, theology, gender, fundamentalism, martyrdom, Jihad, Islam in the US, Islam in Europe and Islamic Law.This is the precise research source and comprises: a entire advent, an alphabetical record of correct phrases (fully cross-referenced), a quick bibliographical consultant, bibliography, and index. A word list of all non-English phrases is usually supplied.

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For some, feminism has no place in Islam but rather is a Western invention that has led to drastic and unwelcome social changes. Others hold that feminism and Islam are compatible and that seen in the proper light Islam is truly feminist. Even setting aside squabbles over terminology, among advocates for women’s rights there are sharp divisions over both ultimate aims and the strategies to be used to attain them. The main division among gender activists is between secularists who oppose the use of religion in the public sphere, whatever their private convictions, and those who work within a religious framework, either out of sincere belief that Islam should be part of the public order or because they believe the use of religious language is the only viable approach to achieving desired aims.

Surah 100), while others are long and detailed, such as the discussion of inheritance in 4:11–12. Further reading: Algar 1998; Robinson 1996 BALAGHAH see rhetoric BARAKAH Barakah means blessing; something blessed is to be honored and respected. “And We have placed mountains on top of it and We have placed blessings [barakah] there” (41:10), where the reference is to 15 BASMALAH the earth, and the ways in which God has created it in such a way as to make life easy for his creatures. “And then We made to inherit those who were weak and oppressed in the eastern and western parts of the earth, in which We had placed blessing [barakah]” (7:137), where the Jews are given land and allowed to overcome the apparent might of Pharaoh.

Humanity is distinguished in its creation from other beings; Q. ” Angels are created from light. One important account of creation is found at the beginning of surah 4 (“Women”). Q. ” This account does not give a gender for the first created being or its mate (literally, “her” mate since the word nafs, the soul or self out of which the first being is created, is grammatically feminine). Feminist commentators have argued on the basis of this and other verses that there is no Qur’anic basis for considering man to have been created fi rst or viewing woman as a secondary being.

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