A Feminist Qur'an?

From the November 2015 Print Edition

Feminist Edges of the Qur’an by aysha a. hidayatullah oxford, 288 pages, $24.95 M odern developments in the study of the Qur’an began in Western academia in the mid-late twentieth century with scholars like ­Fazlur Rahman. Leading thinkers in this field such as Riffat ­Hassan, Azizah . . . . Continue Reading »

On Dominant Minorities

From the January 2014 Print Edition

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has made a compelling case for the ­creative and culturally dynamic role that religious minorities can play, even in societies where the majority of people deeply oppose their religious inclinations, as was the case for much of the history of the Jewish ­people in . . . . Continue Reading »

Islam’s Origins

From the February 2013 Print Edition

In the Shadow of the Sword The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire by Tom Holland Doubleday, 526 pages, $29.95 Islam is widely understood by both Western and Islamic scholars to have substantially engaged with the intellectual traditions of the late antique Near East’s . . . . Continue Reading »