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Sahar Amer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617756

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617756.001.0001

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What Do Progressive Muslims Say about Veiling?

What Do Progressive Muslims Say about Veiling?

(p.38) Chapter Two What Do Progressive Muslims Say about Veiling?
What Is Veiling?

Sahar Amer

University of North Carolina Press

A contemporary group of Muslims, many of whom consider themselves “progressive,” have challenged the mainstream and restrictive interpretations of Qur'anic verses on female dress and the hadith tradition that are often invoked in support of veiling among Muslim women. This chapter examines how these progressive Muslims reinterpret the Qur'an, hadith, and Islamic jurisprudence with respect to veiling and compares their interpretations to those maintained by classical and medieval Muslim theologians. It first describes who progressive Muslims are before turning to their views about veiling. It then considers the efforts of progressive Muslims to engage equally with Islam both on an intellectual level and on the practical level of social activism.

Keywords:   veiling, Muslims, Muslim women, progressive Muslims, Qur'an, hadith, Islamic jurisprudence, Islam, social activism

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