Readership: Students and scholars of Islamic legal studies, Islamic religion and society, and women's studies.
Ayesha S. Chaudhry, Assistant Professor of Islamic and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia
Ayesha S. Chaudhry is Assistant Professor of Islamic and Gender Studies in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Her teaching and research interests include Islamic law, Qur'anic exegesis, and feminist hermeneutics. She is currently working on a collaborative project of inter-faith feminist hermeneutics, which explores and challenges the limits of feminist interpretations of
patriarchal religious texts in the three Abrahamic faiths. She is also developing methods for bridging the academic and community divide by translating her research interests into theatre based performance art that might appeal to a wider audience. This project is entitled "Cover Story" and explores the meanings of multiple intersecting political discourses surrounding Muslim women's sartorial choices.
"This book is a valuable contribution on a controversial topic and it deserves to be read widely." - Muhammad Khan, The Muslim News
"very well researched and presented" - Ali Abd al-Malik, The Islamic Quarterly
Part I: Historical Roots of a Contemporary Debate
2: The Multiple Contexts of Q. 4:34
3: The Ethics of Wife-beating
4: The Legal Boundaries of Marital Discipline
Part II: Restoring Authority in the Living Community
5: Asserting Authority, Enriching the Tradition
6: Submissive Texts and Idealized Cosmologies
Read Ayesha Chaudhry's article 'Don't Politicize Women's Bodies' on The Globe and Mail Read blog post Oh, how they lied from A Sober Second Look Read a review on Muslimah Media Watch Read Ayesha Chaudhry's Article: 'Does the Koran allow wife-beating? Not if Muslims don't want it to' on The Globe and Mail