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The language of the Quran, a masculine language?

Written by R on . Posted in From Kube Shelves

WHEN THE QURAN SPEAKS TO WOMEN  Blue Hijab

The language of the Qur’an, a masculine language?

We’ve seen how the Qur’an speaks about women, through the examples of illustrious female characters, depicted with great subtleness, beauty and eloquence.

Here, the Divine word comes to counter what social prejudice continues to support in the name of a universally accepted sacrality; that of the discrimination against women, structurally weaker beings, destined to subordination.

Through these Qur’anic stories about women, one perceives a constant desire to recognise and appreciate this consistently assailed feminine identity. Women as vectors of faith, which was a new conception of femininity and in particular the anticipated announcement of a project of liberation, replete with meaning, for the climate of the time.

Sister reflecting at the river

It is especially important to bear in mind the framework of revelation, that of an intransigent patriarchal context where women were all but a human being worthy of dignity. It is at the heart of this Bedouin society with its very harsh mores, its implacably misogynistic ancestral customs and which ignores the feminine being, that the Qur’an reveals its feminine models of Muslim women, believing, intelligent. Qur’anic image of sovereign enlightened women, of saints, educators, scholars, resistors, passionate figures as we discover them through Balkis, Maryam, Asiah and all the others.
Beside this Divine speech talking about women, there is that which speaks to women, directly, personally and solemnly … .It is true that the Qur’an is the Divine word destined for all human beings regardless of their gender, their ethnicity or their colour, a speech which addresses human beings in what is most noble in their soul: their reason and their intellect.

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Muslim scholars more or less agree that the masculine language expressed in the Qur’an systemically includes the feminine gender and that Divine words in general speak to both women and men, without any distinction. The masculine gender in the Qur’an is used as a neutral gender and the formalisation of masculine language implies human universality. The term ‘men’ or, rijal in Arabic is polysemous and also signifies an elite of men and women. This linguistic characteristic is moreover not exclusive to the Arabic language as it is used in the Qur’an. All the other universal languages use masculine as a neutral gender. Does the term ‘men’ in English not also encompass human beings in general? This formalisation of the word man as a universal category is actually being questioned today. This is the case when it comes to the terminology used in the universal charter of Human Rights which many are currently seeking to reform.
Nonetheless, the Qur’anic text uses the feminine gender in very precise circumstances and employs a strictly feminine language in this case, where the discourse involves calling on women specifically to respond to quests emanating from a given context or right an injustice committed against them. It is a Divine word which descends from the high Heavens specifically for them as if to better free them, better emancipate them from outdated customs, give them a new breath … as if to better love them also.

 

This excerpt is from page 91, Women In The Qur’an – An Emancipatory Reading by Asma Lamrabet translation by Myriam Francois-Carrah

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  • ISBN: 9780993516610
  • Pages: 212
  • Paperback and Hardback
  • Published: 2016

 

Muslim Women in Today’s Society Conference: Programme and Booking

Written by site_admin on . Posted in News and events

Muslim Women in Today's Society

Friday April 10th, 2015
Markfield Conference Centre
Ratby Lane
Markfield, Leicestershire
LE67 9SY

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Professional/Waged Ticket £60* →

Student/Non Waged Ticket £40* →

 

This conference will address real issues and solutions which some Muslim Women face. Issues such as domestic violence, mental health, depression, child sexual abuse and issues of honour and shame will be discussed, within the context of the Identity as a Muslim woman, followed by techniques and resources for ways of Transformation and Change. This conference is a positive step forward to identifying issues and their solutions through positive actions and changes for Muslim women to actively grow, self-care and empower themselves.

This is open to all communities and professionals who would like to develop their understanding of these issues & solutions and/or working with Muslim women/clients. In particular this would be suitable for professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Community Leaders, Chaplains, Community Development Workers, Charities, Third Sector, Academics and Educational Institutions.

 

Programme

9.00-9.15 Registration/ Tea & Coffee

9.15-9.30 Introduction to Conference & Keynote Speaker
Dr Shuruq Naguib, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Lancaster University.

9.30-11.10 Presentation of ‘Challenges’ Papers
Topics presented: Mental Health in Muslim communities, Honour and Shame, Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Abuse, Postpartum Depression.

11.10-11.25 Tea/Coffee Break

11.15-12.35 Presentation of ‘Identity’ Papers
Topics presented: Gender and Leadership, Identity and Political Participation, Religious and Cultural Shaping of Identity.

12.35-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.35 Presentation of ‘Transformation and Change’ Papers
Topics presented: Optimum Nutrition, Resentment in Relationships, Positive Instant Transformation & Purposeful Change.

2.35-3.45 Workshops – Each workshop based on a theme of Papers presented
Workshop 1: Challenges
Workshop 2: Identity
Workshop 3: Transformation & Change
(Delegates to attend 1 of the 3 workshops. Preference to be made when booking delegate place.)

3.45-4.00 Tea/Coffee Break

4.00-4.45 Panel Discussion

4.45-5.00 Closing Remarks

(Tea/Coffee and Lunch are included with every ticket)

 

Confirmed speakers include: Akeela Ahmed, Karimah bint Dawoud, Amina Easat-Daas, Sayeda Habib, Madiha Haroon, Nazila Isgandarova, Nasreen Mansoor, Sameeha Rafeek,Nasreen Sayed, Revd Dr. Ian Williams, Nadia Leona Yunus

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Professional/Waged Ticket £60* →

Student/Non Waged Ticket £40* →

 *All tickets include lunch, as well as tea/coffee.


Muslim Women in Today’s Society – Conference Announcement

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Muslim Women in Today's Society

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

 

Muslim Women in Today’s Society:

Moving Forward and Affecting Positive Change

Friday April 10th, 2015

Markfield Conference Centre, Leicestershire

 

We are looking for papers that will address real issues which face Muslim Women in Today’s Society. We strongly encourage submissions by Muslim women and others, who work within the realms of counselling, psychology, mental health and wellbeing, social work and youth services. The call for abstracts invites original articles, research, dealing with, but not limited to, these topics/subjects listed below:

Abuse
Depression
Relationship Issues
Addictions
FGM
Careers/education
Personality dynamics
Self-Help
Anxiety
Domestic Violence
Eating disorders
Forced marriages
Motherhood
Communication
Identity
Personal Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

All abstracts must be submitted via e-mail, along with a brief bibliography (50 words max.) to: siddique.seddon@kubepublishing.com by December 31, 2014.

 

Articles will be reviewed by a selected committee of professionals and practitioners, and will be used as the sole basis of acceptance for presentation. Abstracts submitted must be in English, follow the American Psychological Association (APA) format and not be longer than a 1⁄2 page/300 words. Abstracts that do not meet these standards will not be reviewed. Proof of respondents/institutional approval is required for all research conducted on human subjects. Abstracts will be selected to present conference papers for oral presentation and may later be published in a proposed series by Kube Publishing Ltd.

 

Authors of papers invited to lecture must be present to participate. All attendees are encouraged to participate. All authors will be notified by January 31, 2015 and if attending, must register for the Conference and are responsible for their travel, lodging expenses and registration fees for the conference. Conference registration will open February 1, 2015.

Nana Asma’u: Educating Muslim Women in the Twenty-First Century

Written by Ceyda Birol on . Posted in Author, Beverly Mack, Trade Books

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The nineteenth-century example of a Muslim woman scholar is not mere history, but is vibrant in twenty-first century North America.  Muslim women around the United States and Canada are quietly building on the model of women’s education that was begun across the Atlantic in another age.  Their aim is to pursue education according to the Qur’anic mandate, through the use of illustrative poems written by West African scholar Nana Asma’u (1793–1864). As explained in Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma’u, 1793–1863, Asma’u’s scholarship extended from affiliation with illustrious scholars in the Maghreb region of North Africa to educational work among the people in northern Nigeria. She knew four languages (Arabic, Fulfulde, Hausa, Tamchek), and she acted on the Prophetic tradition that a teacher must adjust the delivery of a class to match the abilities of the student.  Therefore, she wrote in Arabic for international scholars, in Fulfulde for her extended Fodio (‘learned’) family members, and in Hausa for those displaced by the Sokoto jihad (1804-8), led by her father, Shehu Usman dan Fodio.

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