Given the intense political scrutiny of Islam and Muslims, which often centres on gendered concerns, Islam and Gender: Major Issues and Debates is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the key topics, problems and debates in this engaging subject. Split into three parts, this book places the discussion in its historical context, provides up-to-date case studies and delves into contemporary debate on the subject. This book includes discussion of the following important topics:
Marriage and divorce
Interpretations of the Qur'an and Sunna
Male and female sexuality and sexual diversity
Classical Islamic thought on masculinity and femininity
Gender and hadith
Polygamy and inheritance
Adultery and sexual violence
Veiling, female circumcision and crimes of honour
Gender justice in Islam.
Islam and Gender is essential reading for students in religious studies, Islamic studies and gender studies, as well as those in related fields, such as cultural studies, politics, area studies, sociology, anthropology and history.