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BBC Radio 4: Is a ‘Feminist re-interpretation’ of the Quran needed? Zara Faris debates Feminist Ziba Mir-Hosseini

According to staunch feminist Amina Wadud, she claims that ISIS is a “wake-up call” for Muslims who reject a reformation of Islam. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, a Feminist activist and legal anthropologist agrees with Amina, arguing that the existence of ISIS should *force* Muslims to “wake up” to the need for a ‘feminist re-interpretation’ of Islam.

Yesterday morning, Zara Faris challenged Ziba Mir-Hosseini on this and her unsubstantiated feminist misrepresentation of Islam, on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour in a short 10 minute program segment.

4 replies »

  1. No how educated you are, you cannot interpret the Holy Quran using your own thinking. You must follow the interpretations of guided mainstream scholars. Anything short of this, is against cardinal principles of Islamic law.

  2. One of the problems that I note when discussing such topics is that the epistomic framework within which points are raised is totally structured in whath the western consideration takes into account. One factor that is crucial to frame the discussion properly is to structure it in, if not Islamic, at least episomically somewhat neutral way. I am not emphasizing relativistic stance between cultures, but the intention is to help make the discussion supported not by western norms of axiology, but rather by a comrehensive methods of argumentation. Personally, I think this is going to facilitate more effective interaction between parties

  3. I think Zara Faris is completely right. We need to go back to the texts as they were first interpreted by those who knew them best, not re-interpreted by us who know very little. Feminism is a very vague term that we cannot define even if we tried our best. Yes, ISIS is a wake up call but not in the way that Ziba would like. We need to go back to what the shar’iah was and not this warped re-interpretation that ISIS is putting forward. I mean look at what ‘modern’ re-interpretations have got us, terrorist groups thinking they know the texts better than Rasullulah (saw) and the early Muslims that lived it best.

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