“Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an

Does Islam call for the oppression of women? Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be “Islamic,” while many Muslims read the Qur’an in ways that seem to justify sexual oppression, inequality, and patriarchy. Taking a wholly different view, Asma Barlas develops a believer’s reading of the Qur’an that demonstrates the radically egalitarian and antipatriarchal nature of its teachings.


The Aga khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is hosting a book launch event on July 4, 2019 (18:00- 19:30 BST) at Atrium Conference room Aga Khan Centre, London, UK where speaker Asma Barlas will be present to discuss her book in great length. This is a FREE event, but registration is required.

Click the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-believing-women-in-islam-unreading-patriarchal-interpretations-of-the-quran-tickets-63060914894

Asma Barlas is a Pakistani-American writer and academic. She is currently a professor of politics at Ithaca College. Barlas was previously the founding director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College for twelve years, and held the Spinoza Chair in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Her other books include Re-understanding Islam: A Double Critique and Islam, Muslims, and the US: Essays on Religion and Politics.


Author: ismailimail

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

2 thoughts

  1. Almighty Allah, the most Wise gave a deserving and the most suitable place for women in Islam. Everything in creation can never be equal! Each has its own role and limitation. Patriarchy is the backbone in every society and religion or else society will be weak.


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