Most, if not all, Islamic feminists call for and strongly support a rei-interpretation of the Qur'an that sees women as equal companions of their men counterparts. (Disclaimer: I do not mean to suggest that men are better than men, and women want to be equal to them; I instead mean that men are afford a preferential treatment over women, and women are not respected equally -- and it is this equal respect, equal say that Muslim and Islamic feminists are fighting for.) Like many other Muslim feminists, I term this form of feminism, this struggle Islamic feminism and this form of interpretation a feminist interpretation.
Hence, a "feminist interpretation of the Qur'an" is one that does not discriminating against women (or men) in any way and does not lead to the (unintended) subjugation of women in Muslim societies.
Here are some articles and books, written by both women and men (all of them Muslims), that call for the re-interpretations of the Qur'an to avoid the subjugation and mistreatment of women in Muslim societies. Feel free to add your list as well!
[[All texts are alphabetized by the author's first name.]]
Islamic Feminism, Feminist/Progressive/Gender Egalitarian Interpretations of Islam
- Amina Wadud's Qur'an and Woman:Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective
- Amina Wadud's Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam
- Asghar Ali's Islam Women and Gender Justice
- Asma Barlas's Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an
- Asma Barlas's "Globalizing Equality: Muslim Women, Theology, and Feminisms"
- Azizah al-Hibri's "An Introduction to Muslim Women's Rights"
- Barbara Stowasser's Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation
- Fatima Mernissi's The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights In Islam
- Ghada Karmi's "Women, Islam, and Patriarchalism"
- Juliane Hammer's American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer
- Kecia Ali's Sexual Ethics in Islam
- Khaled Abou el-Fadl's Speaking in God's Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women
- Leila Ahmed's Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
- Mai Yamani's Feminism and Islam
- miriam cooke's Islamic feminism: An entry from Charles Scribner's Sons' New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
- miriam cooke's Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism Through Literature
- Mohammad Ali Syed's The Position of Women in Islam: A Progressive View
- Nayereh Tohidi's "Islamic feminism": perils and promises.: An article from: The Middle East Women's Studies Review
- Nazira Zain-ed-Din's "Veiling and Unveiling"
- Omid Safi's Progressive Muslims
- Reza Aslan's No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
- Riffat Hassan's Equal Before Allah? Woman-Man Equality in the Islamic Tradition
- Saba Mahmood's Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject
- Sa'diyya Shaikh's "Tafsir of Praxis"
- Scott Kugle's Homosexuality in Islam: Islamic Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims
- Secular and Islamic Feminist Critiques in the Work of Fatima Mernissi (Women and Gender: The Middle East and the Islamic World)The Liberation of Women: A Document in the History of Egyptian Feminism
- Gender Equality in Iranian History: From Pre-Islamic Times to the Present
- Forgotten Queens Of Islam
- Great Ancestors: Women Asserting Rights in Muslim ContextsWomen and Politics in the Third World (Women in Politics)The Harem Within: Tales of a Moroccan GirlhoodParadise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East (Council on Foreign Relations Book)
- Women's Movements in Asia: Feminisms and Transnational Activism
- In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
- The Nawal El Saadawi Reader
- Blogistan: The Internet and Politics in Iran (International Library of Iranian Studies)
- Women of Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law (Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East)
- Jasmine and Stars: Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks)
- Populism and Feminism in Iran: Women's Struggle in a Male-defined Revolutionary Movement (Women's Studies at York/Macmillan)
- Transforming Faith: The Story of Al-Huda and Islamic Revivalism Among Urban Pakistani Women (Gender and Globalization)