feminism, Islam, Islamophobia

Books on Feminism and Islam: A (Growing) List


The following are books and articles on the subjects of Islam, feminism, and racialization (which I will continue to expand) and where you can read them for free (where available), or purchase them.

Feminism, Women and Islam:

Women Claim Islam – Creating Islamic Feminism Through Literature (PDF) – Miriam Cooke
Women & Gender in Islam – Leila Ahmed
A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America – Leila Ahmed
?Believing Women? in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an – Asma Barlas Feminist Edges of the Qur’an -?Aysha A. Hidayatullah
Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective (PDF) – Amina Wadud
Feminism and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives – Mai Yamani
Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam (Ebook available) – Asma Sayeed

Men in Charge?: Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal TraditionZiba Mir-Hosseini
The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women?s Rights In Islam – Fatima Mernissi

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Lila Abu-Lughod
Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East Lila Abu-Lughod

Islam/religion and Racialization:

Racializing Islam before and after 9/11: From Melting Pot to Islamophobia (PDF) – Hilal Elver
The Racialization of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism in the United States (PDF) – Khyati Y. Joshi
The Racialization of Minoritized Religious Identity: Constructing Sacred Sites at the Intersection of White and Christian Supremacy (PDF) – Jaideep Singh

Islam and Socialism/Communism:

Islam and Communism (ISSU) – Dr. Khalifa Abdul Hakim
Islamic Socialism (DAWN article) – Nadeem Paracha

Other books of interest:
Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle
Two Queens of Baghdad: Mother and Wife of Harun al-Rashid (PDF) – Nabia Abbott


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I know this was posted a long time ago but I didn’t know where else to ask. Do you know of any specifically Shia sources with regards to Islamic feminism? It’s something I’m really interested in…


I’ve been recommending Saba Mahmoods’ “Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject” to everyone I can find; it’s both a rich ethnographic study of a Egyptian women in the revivalist movement and a powerful argument against uncritically importing secular, liberal assumptions into analyses of gender in the Islamic world. The publisher page is here, but I really can’t praise it highly enough: link to press.princeton.edu

amina wadud

you might want to rethink the word “master” in your title.. also you might want to read Inside the Gender Jihad, my second book. Thanks for the mention. dr. a.w.