Women in the Qur’an An Emancipatory Reading By Asma Lamrabet
Adnan Khalil
Publish Date: 27 Jul 2016

Alhawadeth Media

Women in the Qur’an


An Emancipatory Reading




Asma Lamrabet



Review by Brenda Repland


Dr. Lamrabet writes – Today, the issue of Muslim women is held hostage between two perceptions:  a conservative Islamic approach and a liberal Western one.  At the heart of the debate, Muslim women are seeking to reclaim their right to speak in order to re-appropriate their own destinies, calling for the equality and liberation that is as the heart of the Qur’an.


She promotes a reading of the Qur’an and not just the various interpretations (mostly made by men) for a truer picture of the role of women in Islam.  She points out that, “nothing in the Qur’anic text can justify or support any sort of discrimination against women,” and goes on to innumerate examples of the role of women and their importance to the Islamic revolution.  These range from the Garden of Eden in which the Qur’an holds both Adam and Eve responsible for eating the forbidden fruit, to the female activists and martyrs throughout Islamic history.  


According to her, the West attributes certain cultural practices to the Qur’an when, in fact, they derive from the heart of a Bedouin society with its very harsh morés and the misogynistic ancestral customs.


This is a very well researched book.  It deserves to be read widely in this time when so much is misunderstood about Islam.




Asma Lamarbet is a pathologist in Avicenna Hospital, Rabat, Morocco.  She is also an award-winning author of many art5icles and books tackling Islam and women’s issues. 

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