Jews and Muslims [Re]Define Gender Relations in Their Sacred Books: yimshol and qawwāmūn

in Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text

Subject Highlights

Abstract

The Arabic phrase “al-rijāl qawwāmūna ʿalā al-nisāʾ’” which defines gender relations in the Qurʾān (Qurʾān 4:34) has been interpreted by Muslim men functioning in patriarchal societies, and reinterpreted by Islamic feminists. The parallel phrase from the Hebrew bible “vehu yimshol bach” (Genesis 3:15) also defines gender relations, although its original context differs. This article aims to explore similarities, differences and parallels between the Islamic and Jewish understanding of gender as reflected in the sacred books.

A comparative exposition of the differing contextual meaning of the Biblical and Qurʾānic phrases will be followed by an explication of their patriarchal exegesis in medieval and in modern times. Finally, the efforts by religious feminists to redefine the terms yimshol and qawwāmūn—their methods and strategies—will be compared and contrasted.

Table of Contents

Information

Metrics

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 278 278 3
Full Text Views 24 24 5
PDF Downloads 6 6 1
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0

Related Content