Title Muslim Woman
Subtitle What Everyone Needs to Know
Author A. R. Kidwai, Juhi Gupta
ISBN 9789389401523
List price Rs 895.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 284
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Viva Books Private Limited
Published in India by Viva Books Private Limited
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory Worldwide
Status New Arrival
About the book


Muslim Woman: What Everyone Needs to Know examines various aspects of the lives of Muslim women particularly in education, career, personal law, economy, social relations, etc. It is a compilation of chapters, analysing various issues concerning Muslim women, while taking into account the Quranic perspective. It establishes how true Islam is both contemporary and liberal and bestows upon Muslim women the same status as men. The chapters seek to answer questions which are rooted in widespread misperceptions about Muslim women. It is an attempt to help the readers learn about the Islamic stance on women and how it has been misconstrued down the ages resulting in various misconceptions and misinformation about Islam itself.





List of Contributors

Prolegomenon: Who’s Saving Whom? Postcolonialism and Feminism

Claire Chambers


SECTION I: Muslim Women in the Primary Islamic Sources

Chapter 1. Is the Quran a Male-Centred Religious Text? (Abdur Raheem Kidwai)

Chapter 2. Are the Quran and Hadith Biased Against Women? (Mohd Haris Bin Mansoor)


SECTION II: Muslim Women’s Rights and Laws

Chapter 3. Is Polygamy Allowed in Islam? (Javid Ahmad Bhat)

Chapter 4. Is the Islamic Law of Divorce Divine or Draconian? (Irfan Jalal)

Chapter 5. Is Instant Triple Divorce Allowed in Islam? (Mohammad Waheed Khan)

Chapter 6. Are There any Contemporary Muslim Women Scholars? (Mohd Younus Kumar)

Chapter 7. Does Islam Prohibit Women from Entering the Mosque? (Gowhar Quadir Wani)

Chapter 8. Can Muslim Woman Pursue a Career of Her Choice? (Huma Yaqub)


SECTION III: Muslim Women and Education

Chapter 9. Do Female Students Enter #AMULibrary? (Faiza Abbasi)

Chapter 10. What is the Status of an Educated and Successful Muslim Woman in the Middle-Class Indian Society? (Sadaf Husain)

Chapter 11. Were There Muslim Women Scholars in the Past? (Sami Rafiq)


SECTION IV: Socio-Economic Status of Muslim Women

Chapter 12. Are Women Socially Suppressed Under Islam? (Juhi Gupta)

Chapter 13. Does Islam Discriminate Against the Girl Child? (Syed Ali Hur Kamoonpuri)

Chapter 14. Is Muslim Woman’s Status Lower than that of a Muslim Man? (Psycho-Quranic Perspective) (Mustafa Nadeem Kirmani)

Chapter 15. What About the Underbelly: Muslim Women of Lower Income Groups? (Kishwar Zafir)


SECTION V: Muslim Women vis-à-vis Feminism

Chapter 16. What Do Islamic Feminists Stand For? (Md. Sajidul Islam)

Chapter 17. Whither to Go: Women in Islam and in Western Feminism? (Sherin Shervani)


SECTION VI: Interviews of Contemporary Women Studies Scholars and Creative Writers

Chapter 18. In conversation with Qaisra Shahraz, the leading British Novelist (Wahida Firdous)

Chapter 19. ‘Between the Legal and the Political’: In conversation with Flavia Agnes on the issue of Indian Muslim women (Aman Nawaz)

Chapter 20. ‘Muslim Women Fight Back’: In conversation with Prof. Miriam Cooke, the pioneer of Arab Women Studies (Haris Qadeer)

Chapter 21. ‘Who is Telling My Story?’: In conversation with Shelina Janmohamed, British author and memoirist (Haris Qadeer)

Chapter 22. ‘The Law Criminalizing the Pronouncement of Triple-Talaq…is Ill-conceived’: In conversation with Professor Emeritus Sylvia Vatuk (Haris Qadeer)



About the Editors:

Abdur Raheem Kidwai is Professor of English and Director at the UGC Human Resource Development Centre and K.A. Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He has two Ph.D.s to his credit in English: one from Aligarh Muslim University and the other on Lord Byron’s Orientalism from the University of Leicester, UK. He has been the Honorary Visiting Professor/Fellow at the Department of English, University of Leicester. He has delivered lectures on Literary Orientalism at the Universities of Oxford, Mauritius, Sunderland and Leicester. His articles, notes and reviews have appeared in Byron Journal, Notes and Queries, Journal of Islamic Studies and Muslim World Book Review.

Some of his books are:

  • Orientalism in Lord Byron’s ‘Turkish Tales’: The Giaour (1813), The Bride of Abydos (1813), The Corsair (1814), and The Siege of Corinth (1816) (1995)
  • Stranger than Fiction: Image of Islam/Muslims in English Fiction (2000) (Edited Volume)
  • Behind the Veil: Representation of Muslim Woman in Indian Writings in English 1950-2000 (2007) (Edited Volume)
  • Literary Orientalism: A Companion (2009)
  • The Holy and the Unholy: Critical Essays on Qaisra Shahraz’s Fiction (2011) (co-edited with M. Asim Siddiqui)
  • Criticism and Counter Criticism (2017) (co-edited with M. Asim Siddiqui)
  • Believing and Belonging: Critical Essays on Muslim British Fiction (2016) (co-edited with M. Asim Siddiqui)

Juhi Gupta is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Women’s Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. She obtained her Ph.D. on the lives of Muslim women in India from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is an avid researcher and a proponent of gender issues. Her first book titled The Future of Indian Muslim Women: Fatwa versus Feminism was published in 2012. She has recently co-authored a reference book titled NTA UGC-NET Women’s Studies (Paper-II) Exam Guide (2019). She can be reached at juhi.amu@gmail.com.

Target Audience:

This book is an attempt to help the readers learn about the Islamic stance on women and how it has been misconstrued down the ages resulting in various misconceptions and misinformation about Islam itself. It is useful for people pursuing Islamic studies and gender studies.


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