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The Qur'an: Women and Modern Society

 
Asghar Ali Engineer (Author)
Synopsis The controversial subject of women’s rights has assumed great importance in the Islamic world and is a burning issue today. The author of the book, Qur’an, Women and Modern Society, feels that the orthodox Shari’ah Laws have been extremely slow to respond to the needs of Muslim women who wish to keep pace with the modern world. These emancipated women are far more assertive about their rights than their mothers and grandmothers were, and often excel in fields once considered the sole prerogative of men. Hence, there is a crying need to usher in radical changes without disrupting the equilibrium of Qur’anic norms and values. Dr Asghar Ali Engineer, a noted Islamic scholar with an in-depth knowledge of Shri’ah laws, deals in great detail with those pertaining to women. He maintains that Shari’ah Laws are a product of socio-cultural influences on the thinking of jurists, who interpreted various Qur’anic verses in accordance with their own time and milieu which have no relevance in our modern times. The author of another book on the same subject, The Rights of Women in Islam, he advocates the imperative necessity and urgency for ijtihad (creative reinterpretation) and reform of Shari’ah Laws, to breach the vast chasm that exists between them and the needs of modern Muslim women.
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About the author

Asghar Ali Engineer

Prof. Asghar Ali Engineer is an internationally known Islamic scholar, a dedicated social reformer and an ardent advocate of inter-religious dialogue. He is specially trained in Islamic theology. Tafsir (commentary of the holy Qur’an) Islamic Jurisprudence and Hadith. He is now the Chairman of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, and Chief Editor of the quarterly Indian Journal of Secularism. He serves also as member of the Governing Council of the foundation for Communal Harmony of the government of India. Prof. Engineer has written more than forty books and a number of scholarly articles. He has held many responsible offices like Vice President of People’s Union for Civil Liberties and chairman of the Committee for Communal Harmony. He is also recipient of important awards like National Communal Harmony Award from the Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India and Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration from Maharana Mewar Foundation.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Qur'an: Women and Modern Society
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher New Dawn Press
Language: English
isbn 1932705422
length viii+240p., Appendix; Index; 22cm.