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on 21 February 2013
Amina Wadud is a convert to Islam. This scholarly book was first published in 1992 based on extensive and intensive study. When the Qur'an was written until fairly recently women were thought inferior. Ms Wadud shows this has led to people misreading the original Arabic because translations often use "men" when the Arabic means "men and women". Nowadays people often use "humankind" instead of "mankind" to avoid this type of error.
She says the Qur'an shows the Lord produced men and women and in many respects of equal value. She believes Islam is valid today for men and women and need not be based on the morals of the old Bedouin tribes. This still leaves open the problem that current knowledge of the universe shows that the type of superhuman god envisaged could not apparently function. Recent knowledge is that even at the speed of light the universe is too big for information to travel so far and be used even by a god.
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