“Building an Islamic Feminism: Contrasting Beauvoir and the work of Amina Wadud,” By Sarah Mohr

sitting by the firePeople of all religions are working around the world for greater rights for women. A crucial part of this process is dialogue between traditions about the causes of gender-based oppression. To understand Islamic feminism, people in the West must understand how the meanings of biology, gender and alterity differ in Islamic feminism from their meanings in traditional Western feminist theory. A comparison of Simone de Beauvoir’s explanation in The Second Sex of the role of biology in women's oppression and Amina Wadud’s hermeneutical arguments about women's role in Islam suggests that Islamic feminism should work based on assumptions that are internal to Islam.

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