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Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading
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See also Nimat Hafez Barazangi Scholarly Works which is available to the general public.
Muslim women have been generally excluded from equal agency, from full participation in Islamic society, and thus from full and equal Islamic identity, primarily because of patriarchal readings of the Qur'an and the entire range of early Qur'anic literature. Based on her pedagogical study of the sacred text, the author argues that higher learning in Islam is a basic human right, that women have equal authority to participate in the interpretation of Islamic primary sources, and that women will realize their just role in society and their potential as human beings only when they are involved in interpreting the Qur'an. Consequently, a Muslim woman's relationship with God must not be dependent on her husband's or father's moral agency.