David Raeburn Finn

Abstract

Islam's Foundational Equality



Abstract:


Aysha Hidayatullah argues that (a)  certain Qur'anic verses are incorrigibly male-privileging and (b) those verses are themselves privileged. (c) Hence, egalitarian readings of the Qur'an are unsupported and unsupportable. (d) If, as egalitarians propose, such verses are unjust, then either the Qur'an is not God's word or God is unjust. By contrast, (a) I contend that no evidence suggests Qur'anic verses are incorrigibly male-privileging; further I provide or indicate egalitarian rereadings for relevant contenders; (b)  no Qur'anic evidence in any case warrants the primacy of such verses. (c, d) Finally, since controverting egalitarian readings of the subject verses are available the logical form of Hidayatullah's argument shows merely that if such verses are read to exhibit injustice those readings cannot be God's word. Since the Qur'an is God's word there is no option but to reread them. 

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