Gender and Muslim Constructions of Exegetical Authority

A Rereading of the Classical Genre of Qur'an Commentary

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Aisha Geissinger
Islamic History and Civilization
  • Boston, MA: 
    Brill
    , June
     2016.
     319 pages.
     $163.00.
     E-Book.
    ISBN
    http://readingreligion.org/books/handbook-global-contemporary-ch.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Ali Altaf Mian forthcoming.

Description

A number of classical Sunnī Quran commentaries quote several different types of exegetical materials attributed to a few female figures from the first century A.H/seventh century C.E.—āthār, ḥadīths, legal opinions and variant readings, as well as lines of poetry. In Gender and Muslim Constructions of Exegetical Authority, Aisha Geissinger provides a comprehensive introduction to such quotations, and offers an analysis of their place and significance within the pre-modern genre of Quran commentary, demonstrating that key hermeneutical concepts in classical quranic exegesis (tafsīr) are gendered. Bringing together materials which have not previously been examined in detail and utilising gender as a lens through which to study them, this work provides a new approach to the study of pre-modern tafsīr.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Aisha Geissinger is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University (Canada). Geissinger’s research is located at the intersection of the study of the Qurʾān and its exegesis, the Ḥadīth literature, and gender.

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