Inside the Gender Jihad

Pages: 304
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Islam in the Twenty-First Century
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Inside the Gender Jihad

Women's Reform in Islam

Amina Wadud

In this insightful study, Amina Wadud introduces the feminist movement in Islam and delves into its challenges, textual foundations in the Qur'an and its achievements.
9781851684632 (30 Jun 2006)
RRP £26.00 / US$38.00

The Book

In 2005, Amina Wadud made international headlines when she helped to promote new traditions by leading the Muslim Friday prayer in New York City. In her provocative new book, /Inside the Gender Jihad/, she brings a wealth of experience from the trenches of the jihad to make a passionate argument for gender inclusiveness in the Muslim world. Knitting together scrupulous scholarship with lessons drawn from her own experiences as a woman, she explores the array of issues facing Muslim women today, including social status, education, sexuality, and leadership. A major contribution to the debate on women and Islam, Amina Wadud's vision for changing the status of women within Islam is both revolutionary and urgent.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Islam in the Twenty-First Century
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Dr Amina Wadud is professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is author of the influential Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective.


"Seen as a pioneering feminist, her last book, Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam (2006) was partly an experiment in autobiography, and included details of the threats to her life in New York."

- The Independent

Table of Contents

1)Introduction: Inside the Gender Jihad, Reform in Islam

2)What's in a Name?

3)The Challenge of Teaching and Learning in the Creation of Muslim Women's Studies

4)Muslim Women's Collectives, Organizations and Islamic Reform

5)A New and Hajar Paradigm: Motherhood and Family

6)Public Ritual Leadership and Gender Inclusiveness

7)Quran, Gender and Interpretive Possibilities

8)Stories from the Trenches

9)Conclusion: Why Fight the Gender Jihad