This entire term it seems as though we’ve wrestled and understood writers who view Islam through the lens of colonialism, custom, culture and outside influence when attempting to explain woman’s role within it. This module, however, we get a different perspective from Haideh Moghissi. While other writers are content to insist in various ways that … Continue reading Fundamentalism, Islam and Agency
Islam, at least as understood by Western society and culture does not seem particularly accepting of gays and lesbians within the greater Muslim community. It is surprising to realize, therefore, that the Quran and the Prophet Muhammed have very little – if anything – to say about gays and lesbians, and are entirely silent on … Continue reading Can Islam Evolve to Accept the LGBTQIA Community
If there is one thing that the reading this weak made abundantly clear is the element of personal responsibility in the Islamic world. I find the idea admirable in a way. In so much of culture of the United States that I see and experience (especially these days) there is a tendency to try to … Continue reading Authority, Responsibility and the Law
The readings this week highlighted an aspect of Islam that I was unware of but that links it with both Christianity and Judaism – the matter of interpretation. Being raised in a strict Christian home, I grew up believing that there was a singular Christianity, a singular Judaism and a singular Islam – although, to … Continue reading Ethics vs. Pragmatism in Islam’s Age of Expansion
From the readings and the videos provided in this module, regardless of whether any prior knowledge and/or bias was present prior to the start of this term, it’s clear that the question of the “salvation” of Muslim women is a complex, nuanced and difficult subject that cannot be easily answered. To be honest, I’ve wrestled … Continue reading Do Muslim Women Need to be Saved?