Books and articles on Muslim Feminism

Note: Not all of these are on the topic of feminism and Islam but they all deal with Muslim women.

Abu-Lughod, L, ed. (1998). Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East. New Jersey: Princeton University Press

Afkhami, M. ed. (1995). Faith and Freedom: Women’s Human Rights in the Muslim World. New York: Syracuse University Press

Afary, J. (1998). The War Against Feminism in the Name of the Almighty: Making Sense of Gender and Muslim Fundamentalism. Retrieved from the WWW on September 1,

Afshar, H. (1996). Islam and Feminism : An Analysis of Political Strategies. In Feminism and Islam : Legal and Literary Perspectives, ed. Mai Yamani. New York: New York University Press

Ahmed, L. (1992). Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. New Haven: Yale University Press

Ahmadi, F. (2006). Islamic feminism in Iran: feminism in a new Islamic context. Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Indiana University Press. Retrieved from the WWW on August 22, 2010:

Al-Fassi, H.A. (2007). , Women in Pre-Islamic Arabia, British Archaeological Reports (BAR) Archaeopress, Oxford.

Badran, M, & Cooke, M. eds.  (1990). Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Barlas, A. (2002). Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Braude, A. (2004). Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers: Women Who Changed American Religion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Cooke, M. (2001). Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature. New York: Routledge

El-Saadawi, N. (1980). The Hidden Face of Eve. London: Zed Books Ltd.

Engineer, A. A. (2004).The rights of Women in Islam. Elgin: New Dawn Press Group

Hoyland, R.G. (2001). Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam. New York: Routledge

Keddie, N.R.  (200&). Women in the Middle East: Past and Present. New York: Princeton University Press

Lazreg, M. (2009). Questioning the Veil. New Jersey: Princeton University Press

Mahmood, S. (2005). The Politics of Piety. New Jersey: Princeton University Press

Mernissi, F. (1991). The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam. Reading: Addison-Wesley

Mir-Hosseini, Z. (1999). Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran. New Jersey: Princeton University Press

Moghissi, H. (1999). Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis. London: Zed Books

Raines, J.C. (2007). The Justice Men Owe Women: Positive Resources from World Religions. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress

Sharma, A. & Young, K. (1999). Feminism and world religions. New York: State University of New York Press

Wadud, A. (1999). Rereading the sacred text from a woman’s perspective. New York: Oxford University Press

Yamani, M. ed. (1996). Feminism and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives. New York: New York University Press

Young, S. (1993). An Anthology of Sacred Texts by and about Women. New York: The Crossroads publishing company

4 thoughts on “Books and articles on Muslim Feminism

  1. Serenity says:

    Great list! I did a study of Feminist and Progressive Interpretations of the Qur’an last year (it actually can’t be finished, certainly not in one year, so I’m still doing it), and I used most of the books listed here. Thank you for all the others! I’ll email you the link to the website I’ve designed for the study.

  2. Thaj baby says:

    It’s great to have this valuable information bcz I am also interested in the feminist hermeneutics, if anything in this regard it would be great

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