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13. Philosophy

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This chapter introduces the methods and major lines of inquiry within philosophy and points to future areas of growth. The past decade has seen the emergence of a new form of scholarship that has yet to crystallize into a set genre, but invokes a similar constellation of issues. Those issues are driven by the need for women to engage with Qurʾānic interpretation and Islamic authority. The possibilities of Qurʾānic interpretation are further emphasized by Bahar Davary in Women and the Qur'an: A Study in Islamic Hermeneutics, which focuses on the premise of Qurʾānic hermeneutics. In her book Gender and Self in Islam, Etin Anwar focuses on both the notion of self as being dependent on societal constructions and on how it relates to men and women. The discipline of philosophy will continue to engage old and new methodologies in order to create new categories of gender scholarship.

Keywords: Bahar Davary; Etin Anwar; Gender and Self in Islam; Islamic authority; philosophy; Qurʾānic hermeneutics



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