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The qur'anic concept of Qiwamah: a review of commentaries on the Verse: 4:34

Ahmad, Nadzrah and P, Muhammad Abdul Rasheed (2018) The qur'anic concept of Qiwamah: a review of commentaries on the Verse: 4:34. Al-Shajarah, 23 (1). pp. 169-181. ISSN 1394-6870

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Abstract

This study elaborates the Qur´Énic verse ‘men are caretakers of women’ (4:34) which legitimizes the system of qiwÉmah (responsibility of man to protect and manage the affairs of woman). This is significant given the fact that the verse has been controversial since long, especially in the feminist discourses. The controversies are considerably intense often to the extent of remarking the verse and its commentaries misogynist. Employing a qualitative analysis method, the researcher has surveyed certain commentaries of both medieval and modern times, comparing them with modern Muslim scholarly interpretations of the verse. As a result, the study reveals that a blanket assertion meant to characterize the commentaries on the verse of qiwÉmah as a tool of male oppression is untenable. It also finds that qiwÉmah, according to the commentaries, is a theoretical foundation meant to preserve two key realms of the Qur´Énic paradigm. Firstly, to maintain a peaceful system of family with fully complementary gender roles and secondly, the protection of woman.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4634/59836
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qiwamah, The Qur´anic Paradigm, Protection of Women, Harmonious Family System.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP100 Sacred books > BP130 Works about the Qurʼān
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.2 Sources of Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP173.44 Human Rights In Islam
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Qur’an and Sunnah
Depositing User: DR NADZRAH AHMAD
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 15:01
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2018 10:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/59836

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