Muslim Women and Global Challenges: Seeking Change Through a Quranic Textual Approach and the Prophetic Model

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Institute of Objective Studies, 2012 - Muslim women - 157 pages

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The recent world economic downturn has given this book the opportunity to analyze the contributions and role of women in rehabilitating and revitalizing the world economy through the unique Islamic familial structure. However, the greatest challenge is how to apply the textual Divine guidance into reality. This study presents briefly the Quranic teachings and the Prophetic traditions as constructive guiding principles on establishing a successful model of family relations which manifest themselves into healthy societal relations. The model suggests that nurturing the role of women in society is critical. It assesses the role and general impact that women have had on religious scholarship from the advent of Islam until the present time. The study identifies a need to endorse the capacity of women religious authorities and legal experts to ensure that family support services are available can meet the high demands without marginalizing. Muslim women are faced with a number of challenges in a fast globalizing world as they have to make their personal and public decisions in the light of “the Islamic paradigm. This book revealed that the two greatest challenges for Muslim women are to actively participate in religious scholarship and socio-economic development. The book emphasizes that women’s concerted participation within the realm of religious scholarship is essential for enhancing religious scholarship in general and for advancing the role and status of women in spheres where Islamic knowledge is applied.  

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