My Reading List


Qur’an

The Sublime Qur’an by Laleh Bakhtiar.

A translation made by a female scholar. Bakhtiar’s translation takes a unique approach to verse 4:34.

Feminism & Gender

Do Muslim Women Need Saving by Lila Abu-Lughod.

My review of the book is available here.

The Forgotten Queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi.

Mernissi provides a historical account of Muslim women’s place in the public sphere and politics as well as their role in power inheritance. My review is available here.

The Veil and the Male Elite by Fatima Mernissi.

Mernissi’s historical account of gender relations in post-Islamic Arabic and the ‘convenient’ interpretation of the sacred texts by the men of the Muslim elite.

Qur’an and Woman by Amina Wadud.

Wadud’s reading of the Qur’anic revelation and its place in a Muslimah’s life. Very liberal approach to Islamic theology.

A Gender Jihad by Amina Wadud.

A semi-biographical book that explains the current situation of Muslim women in Islam through a gendered perspective.

Muslimah Media Watch.

Mulimah’s critique to their own portraits in the media and popular culture. They cover extensive topics and the writers belong to a variety of backgrounds. http://muslimahmediawatch.org/

LGTBQ Rights and Islam

El-Tawhid Juma Circle

This Toronto-based organization does not only promote inclusion of sexual and gender minorities, but they also provide prayer spaces that are focused on inclusion, recognition and respect.

http://jumacircle.com/

Al-Fatiha. org

It is an organization that fights to provide a space and voice to Muslims who are gay, lesbians, etc. http://www.al-fatiha.org/

Muslims for Progressive Values

A community of Muslims that identify as “progressive” and focus on the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities. http://mpvusa.org/

Homosexuality in Islam by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle

Kugle’s book offers an overview of homosexuality of Islam. He uses traditional Islamic sources to counter the claim that homosexuality is prohibited in Islam. The text is rich in history and alternative sources (i.e. ahadith that have been forgotten). A must read for everyone interested in LGTBQ rights. An excerpt is available here:

http://www.safraproject.org/downloads/ssalhk-homosexuality_islam.pdf

Dealing with Shari’ah Issues

Islawmix

This organization aims to better explain Islamic law, which is central to many Muslims’ lives. Their core principle is to help people to understand Islamic law without the, often, negative stereotypes that appear in the media.

http://www.islawmix.org/

 

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