Women's Rights from within the Qur'an
Do Muslims need to secularize the Qur’an to obtain rights, in particular women’s rights? “No, says philosopher Asma Barlas – a Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, USA – because the Qur’an is sacred and untouchable. But freedom in applying Qur’anic hermeneutics to support the struggle of women for equality and justice is important. Scriptures can be read and interpreted paying more attention to the problem of gender equality and following what I call an “antipatriarchal episteme”, because God’s word is in no way gendered.” We interviewed Prof. Asma Barlas during our Istanbul Seminars.
Interview by Nina zu Fürstenberg
Filmmaker: Anna Fanuele