The Qurʾan and Domestic Violence: An Islamic Feminist, Spiritually Integrative Reading of Verse 4:34

This paper examines Qurʾan 4:34, also known as the "beating verse," through an Islamic feminist lens, focusing attention on the importance of spirituality in the contemporary context. It contends that reading the Qurʾan as a spiritual method sheds new light on this verse, changing its inte...

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Main Author: Reda, Nevin 1965- (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: De Gruyter [2019]
In: International journal of practical theology
Year: 2019, Volume: 23, Issue: 2, Pages: 257-273
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Koran. Sure an-Nisaʾ 34 / Islam / Domestic violence / Feminism / Spirituality
IxTheo Classification:AG Religious life; material religion
BJ Islam
FD Contextual theology
NBE Anthropology
Further subjects:B Intervention
B intervention strategies
B Spirituality
B Domestic violence
B islamischer Feminismus
B Qur'an
B Domestic Violence
B Koran
B Islamic Feminism
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Summary:This paper examines Qurʾan 4:34, also known as the "beating verse," through an Islamic feminist lens, focusing attention on the importance of spirituality in the contemporary context. It contends that reading the Qurʾan as a spiritual method sheds new light on this verse, changing its interpretation from one that makes allowances for wife-beating to one that provides tangible techniques to combat this phenomenon. The paper examines how the verse introduces both positive and negative intervention strategies to restrain and overcome wife-beating, in conversation with Sufi conceptualizations of the spiritual path and progression from the "animal self" to the self-critical self.
ISSN:1612-9768
Contains:Enthalten in: International journal of practical theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1515/ijpt-2018-0058