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The Interpretational Implications of Progressive Muslims' Qur'an and Sunna Manhaj in Relationto their Formulation of a Normative Muslima Construct',Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations,
Islam and Christian Muslim Relations (2008)
Abstract

his article presents a discussion on the interpretational implications of the delineating features of the Qur’an–Sunna hermeneutic of what we here term ‘progressive Muslims’ on the construction of a ‘normative Muslima’. In the first section, the article broadly defines progressive Muslims and their approach to conceptualizing, engaging and interpreting the Islamic tradition(turath). In the second part, the criteria developed by classical scholarship for constructing the distinct religious identity of a Muslima are outlined. In the third section, the delineating featuresof progressive Muslims’ Qur’an–Sunna model of interpretation ( manhaj) are sketched out. In the fourth and final part, the interpretational implications of this manhaj are analysed on the basis of relevant Qur’an and Hadith textual evidence in relation to the construction of a normative Muslima image according to the progressive Muslim manhaj . It will be argued that the classicalconstruct of a normative Muslima image is entirely rejected by the progressive Muslim approach. Instead, it will be contended that, on the basis of their contextualist, thematico-holistic and ethico-values- or objectives-based approach to interpretation of Qur’an and Sunna, progressive Muslimssubscribe to the concept of a ‘normative’ Muslima representation which does not impose any social or spatial regulatory mechanisms. Furthermore, it will be proposed that progressive Muslims consider women as fully autonomous human beings, inherently equal to men, whose humanity is judged by their level of taqwaGod consciousness and righteous conduct)

Keywords
  • women and gender in islam,
  • Islamic hermeneutics,
  • progressive smuslims,
  • critical muslims,
  • critical-progressive muslims,
  • Qur'an,
  • sunna,
  • hadith,
  • shari'a
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
"The Interpretational Implications of Progressive Muslims' Qur'an and Sunna Manhaj in Relationto their Formulation of a Normative Muslima Construct',Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations," Islam and Christian Muslim Relations (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mallorca/174/