Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rethinking Islam with Islamic Feminism النسوية الإسلامية وتحديث الإسلام

نيمت شكر
Islamic feminism is an attempt to reconcile between Islamic principles and modern values such as human rights and gender equality. There is no way to fight against fundamentalism and dogmatism more effectively than attacking the enemy with its own weapon. At the same time, it hampers the attempts of the clash-of-civilisations apologists, as it proves that the Holy Quran accorded rights to women at a time when there was no Europe or Modern Age. The Prophet Muhammad gave women utmost respect and, therefore, he should be seen as beacon light while dealing with matters of gender relations. This is an approach that gives reformist movement of Islamic feminism an appealing gleam. But the biggest mistake that reformist thinkers are doing is to perceive political Islam as traditionalist. The very same political Islam is in fact breaking with classical scholarship and tradition because it believes that the modern age demands radical shift of approaches. Salafism also reared its head as a reformist movement that radically broke with Islamic tradition. However, it has gone in a direction that we would define it as anti-modernist and dogmatic movement.
تستخدم نسويات مسلمات مثل المفكِّرة والكاتبة الإصلاحية والأستاذة الجامعية الأمريكية أمينة ودود القرآن كأداة فاعلة من أجل الدفاع عن حقوق المرأة ومواجهة هيمنة النظام الذكوري الأبوي. ولكن بعضهن يقعن للأسف في فخ الفقه الدفاعي التبريري ويتعرضن لخطر استغلال الإسلام لأسباب سياسية، كما ترى الباحثة نيمت شكر في هذا التعليق.

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