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Published in: Contemporary Islam 1/2014

01-01-2014

Review of Adis Duderija, Constructing a Religiously Ideal “Believer” and “Woman” in Islam: Neo-traditional Salafi and Progressive Muslims’ Methods of Interpretation

New York: Palgrave, 2011, xiii+258 pp. ISBN 0-230-12057-1

Author: Aysha Hidayatullah

Published in: Contemporary Islam | Issue 1/2014

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Adis Duderija provides a great service to Islamic studies scholars in his painstaking analysis of the interpretive approaches ( manahij) of contemporary ‘neo-traditional’ Salafis and ‘progressive’ Muslims vis-à-vis the Qur’an and Sunna. First tracing the historical lineage of each group’s interpretive frameworks, Duderija outlines the details of their respective methods with particular attention to their stances on: the nature of the Qur’an’s language and revelation; the relationship between the Qur’an’s meaning and its historical context; the place of reason and ethical valuation in Qur’anic interpretation; the suitability of thematic approaches to Qur’anic interpretation; and the definition and scope of the Sunna. He then goes on to examine how each group’s interpretive stances translate specifically into their different conceptualizations of ideal Muslim womanhood and definitions of a ‘Believer’ (as opposed to the religious ‘Other’). …
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Title
Review of Adis Duderija, Constructing a Religiously Ideal “Believer” and “Woman” in Islam: Neo-traditional Salafi and Progressive Muslims’ Methods of Interpretation
New York: Palgrave, 2011, xiii+258 pp. ISBN 0-230-12057-1
Author
Aysha Hidayatullah
Publication date
01-01-2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Contemporary Islam / Issue 1/2014
Print ISSN: 1872-0218
Electronic ISSN: 1872-0226
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11562-012-0213-z

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