Prof Zulfikar Hirji: The Quran addressed women directly

Hirji says that the Quran, however, addresses Muslim men and women as equal and distinctive entities. “The Quran, in Arabic, says, ‘O believing men and believing women’. It actually addresses women directly and specifically in their own right.”


Authors of a new illustrated title on Islam explain why the history of the religion is incomplete without its women.

At a time when certain Islamic traditions are mired in controversy, the rich cultural heritage of the religion, which dates back to over 1,400 years, has gone unnoticed. A new book, Islam: An Illustrated Journey, authored by Dr Farhad Daftary and Prof Zulfikar Hirji, attempts to provide a window to understanding the religion better.

Replete with drawings, charts and maps, it introduces us to the various schools of thought, doctrines and interpretations of the religion. “Islam has many faces and voices. It is a testament to the willingness of Muslims to work with local, regional and global cultures to express themselves,” says Hirji.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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