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Sufi Narratives of IntimacyIbn 'Arab?, Gender, and Sexuality$
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Sa'diyya Shaikh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835333

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869864_shaikh

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Ibn ʿArabī and Islamic Feminism

Ibn ʿArabī and Islamic Feminism

(p.203) Chapter Seven Ibn ʿArabī and Islamic Feminism
Sufi Narratives of Intimacy

Saʿdiyya Shaikh

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter outlines some of the central differences between the interpretation of Ibn Άrabī's work presented in this book and other contemporary interpretations of his work. It begins with an examination of Seyyed Hossein Nasr's approach to gender and Sachiko Murata's complex view of Sufi gender constructs. The chapter then emphasizes how Ibn Άrabī's central teachings offer unique ways to engage with Islamic feminism. It ends with some reflections on how Sufism in general and Ibn Άrabī's teachings in particular shift the foundations of the debates in relation to Islamic and secular feminism, offering enriching ways to rethink gender and its articulations.

Keywords:   Ibn Άrabī, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Sachiko Murata, Sufi, Islamic feminism, Sufism, secular feminism

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