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Islam, Gender, Marriage & Sexuality

Talk by Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad - Rhodes House, Oxford - 9 February 2009 - 1 hr 00 mins 04 secs

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In another talk for OUISOC's Experience Islam Term, Sheikh Abdal Hakim offers some further thoughts on gender in Islam (which dovetail quite nicely with previous talks posted here and here). He begins, with characteristic catholicity, by discussing the career of Valentine de Sainte Point, an early French feminist and Futurist who in later life rejected what she perceived as the dehumanising trajectory of Western culture and converted to Islam, in which she found a more integrated and integrative understanding of human nature.

From that, the sheikh moves on discuss some aspects of the Islamic understanding of gender and sexuality, and how in this respect, as in others, the message of the Qu'ran and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) acted as a rectification to misinterpretations of previous revelation; in this case, the rejection and excoriation of human sexuality often manifested by Christianity. The Prophet, by contrast, as 'mankind perfected', embraced this aspect of his humanity as he did every other, according to the Divine Guidance. His role as exemplar was thereby extended to women partly through his marriages, which provided multiple models of exemplary female behaviour. The sheikh finishes by discussing this in relation to the Prophet's wives (may God be pleased with them) and Qur'anic examples of ideal women.

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7 comments:

khalil abu asmaa said...

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As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh . . .

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Cambridge Khutbas said...

Walaykum assalaam wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu Sheikh Khalil . . . Thank you very much for your comments, and your advice which is appreciated. We will try to improve the sound quality in future as much as possible. Best wishes and salaams.

JS said...

If you found this article and lecture interesting, you may consider submitting an article to the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, http://www.irdialogue.org/submissions. Its upcoming issue is entitled "Engaging the Taboo: Gender, the Body, and Sexuality in our Religious Traditions" and dovetails nicely with the theme of this post.

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