Locating a Scholarly Conversation

Smith, Jane I. “Women in Islam: Equity, Equality, and the Search for the Natural Order.”Journal of the American Academy of Religion XLVII.4 (1979): 517-37. Print.

Summary: This article is a study of gender in the Islamic culture. It is a study from the perspective of the Islamic world which is different than our typical, Western point of view. The article considers that the tradition may actually be more desirable to women in those cultures.

Evaluation: This source would fit well into a research project concerning gender studies in Islam because it provides a certain understanding of the Islamic tradition and the direct point of view of Islamic women. I would like to use this article to push the idea that just because a culture is different in their ideals doesn’t necessarily make them wrong. I think this article demonstrates the ability to thrive in different cultures.


Predelli, Line N. “Interpreting Gender in Islam: A Case Study of Immigrant Muslim Women in Oslo, Norway.” Gender & Society 18.4 (2004): 473-93. Print.

Summary: This article proposes that Islam in different areas do not necessarily interpret and follow the Quran the same way as the traditional, orthodox area of the Near East. The women may adopt certain gender roles of Islam, but may interpret certain things in the Quran in a more feminist way than the traditional thought.

Evaluation: I think this article would be relevant in a research project on practicing Muslims and how their beliefs differ across the world. This research would take steps in breaking the stereotype of oppressed women in the Islamic culture.


Hashim, Iman. “Reconciling Islam and Feminism.” Gender & Development 7.1 (1999): 7-14. Print.

Summary: This article offers up the idea that Islam isn’t about oppressing women. The article suggests that the Quran actually has text that supports womens’ rights. It also provides evidence that the Islamic prophet, Muhammad was considerably liberal in his views on women.

Evaluation: This article could be relevant to a study on the Quran and how differently it can be interpreted in Islamic culture. It is basically up to the reader’s discretion in how the interpret the Quran. This article could be key in conveying that how one interprets the Quran is based on prior belief and knowledge.


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  1. Benjamin Wiley

    Good work finding scholarly articles. It would be okay to combine the summary and evaluation if you wanted to in the future – it’s fine to think of them as separate categories as long as you don’t let the annotations get too long (4 sentences or fewer). You’re thinking critically about using these articles to your benefit… it would be interesting to compare them and see how they support and contradict each other.

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