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978-1-7936-0627-3 • Hardback • March 2023 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
978-1-7936-0628-0 • eBook • March 2023 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
Roshan Iqbal is associate professor at Agnes Scott College.
Note on Transliteration
Chapter 1: Mutʿa Marriage: Obsolete or Cutting Edge?
Chapter 2: Tafsīr: Development of the Genre
Chapter 3: The Evolution of Tafsīr: Reaching New Heights
Chapter 4: Tafsīr: The Modern Period
Chapter 5: Rethinking Marital and Sexual Ethics in Islamic Law
About the Author
Professor Iqbal’s work combines an interesting exegetical history of temporary marriage in Islam with a powerful call to Muslims to place their debates about temporary marriage in a broader ethical context regarding Islamic sexual ethics.— Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto
Iqbal’s book tackles a difficult and controversial topic—temporary marriages in Islam (mutʿa)—in a remarkably evenhanded way, avoiding common pitfalls of sectarianism or ideology. Her book examines this controversial practice through the lens of Qur’anic exegesis, paying attention to the inherent pluralism of the genre. The book is an excellent read for anyone seeking to understand the historical development of diverse Qur’anic interpretations surrounding the practice of mutʿa, its modern prevalence in some Shiʿi communities, and the ethical issues to which it gives rise. — Hadia Mubarak, Queens University of Charlotte
This intriguing analysis of one Quranic verse explores the ethics of temporary marriage. Drawing from Shi`i, Sunni, Sufi and feminist commentaries on the Quran, Roshan Iqbal shows how scriptural interpretation is a dynamic interaction between an interpreter, her social and devotional community, and the wider political world. Iqbal questions both traditional Islamic norms of marriage and challenges contemporary secular assumptions about sexual autonomy, urging us to craft a sexual practice based on care and compassion.— Scott Kugle, Emory University