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Qur'an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam by Shadaab Rahemtulla, Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

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Analyzes the commentaries of four Muslim intellectuals who have turned to scripture as a liberating text to confront an array of problems, from patriarchy, racism, and empire to poverty and interreligious communal violence

Examines 80 primary sources by, and undertakes extensive interviews with, the South African Farid Esack (b. 1956), the Indian Asghar Ali Engineer (1939-2013), the African American Amina Wadud (b. 1952), and the Pakistani American Asma Barlas (b. 1950)

Provides a rich analysis of the thought-ways of specific Muslim intellectuals, thereby substantiating a broadly framed school of thought

Sheds light on the impact of modern exegetical commentary which is more self-consciously concerned with historical context and present realities

Illuminates both the role of agency and hermeneutical approaches in modern Islamic thought



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