In Kecia Ali’S Book “Sexual Ethics And Islam” We Are Given

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In Kecia Ali’s book “Sexual Ethics and Islam” we are given a unique perspective on various subjects within Islam. The chapters deal with topics that have been widely ignored or partially approached, she addresses them in a way that seeks to not only spark a conversation but ensure the conversation is uncensored and gets to the root of the issue. Of the nine chapters this book, chapter six was perhaps the most significant because it is here that we are given a firm grasp on what Ali is aiming to convey with this book. Through an analysis of this chapter it will become clear that this chapter was used to fully develop her idea of readdressing what is considered Islamic, the actions of Muslims, the way scholars justify beliefs, and issues…show more content…
A similar point is made in chapter 7 about the word “muslimmun” and how it can be used to refer to both men and women (Ali, 148). Furthermore, we also see Ali contesting a verse that suggests men have authority and are responsible for women but only in financial terms then when a woman supports herself the man no longer has authority or responsibility (Ali, 153). Here we see Ali furthering the idea from chapter 6 because she is displaying how women have progressed and in modern day many women are independent; therefore, its important to look back at verses like this and view them as a product of their time as Ali suggests about sunna and hadith as a whole (Ali, 128). As previously stated, Ali asks if perhaps Islam is what Muslims practice in their daily lives. However, she debunks that because Muslims lives vary and what some do contradicts the authoritative texts. In my previous analysis of how translation can be manipulated, a patriarchal undertone was present and it is also present when dealing with the subject of the daily lives of Muslims. This undertone is present throughout the book and is heightened in this chapter. Ali states that FGC (female genital circumcision) “is not merely a customary practice incorrectly understood as having religious authority” (Ali, 131). This is stated

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