Rabat - Moroccan doctor and theologian Asma Lamrabet, Director of Women's Studies Centre in Islam, an organization affiliated with the “Rabita Mohammadia of Ulema” in Morocco, said that the Quran, the Muslim holy book, would be a feminist charter if it is reinterpreted.
Rabat – Moroccan doctor and theologian Asma Lamrabet, Director of Women’s Studies Centre in Islam, an organization affiliated with the “Rabita Mohammadia of Ulema” in Morocco, said that the Quran, the Muslim holy book, would be a feminist charter if it is reinterpreted.
In an interview with the French magazine Le Point, the Moroccan expert explained that “the Quran speaks mostly of the ‘human being’.” In its teachings, the holy book “transcends the notion of gender,” she added.
When asked about the feasibility of an Islamic feminist ideology, Lamrabet said, “There is nothing in the Qur’an that justifies or endorses any discrimination against women.”
Lamrabet said that “this Islamic repository allows a completely open reading with respect to the gender equality or concerningthe empowerment of women,” but “this has been marginalized by the patriarchal culture,” she added.
As was the case in other monotheistic religions, the Moroccan doctor said that there has been over the centuries a misogynistic reading of the religious texts.
For this reason, she calls on the need for a “deconstruction of interpretations” that have been made to the religious texts throughout history by former clerics in order to restore the rights of women, who are in the end, “part of humanity and part of any society.”
To go beyond the traditional readings to the religious texts, the Moroccan researcher calls for a conference on religion in Morocco about a religious rereading of the holy Quran in order to recreate a cultural and religious environment for Muslim women and men, suitable to live their faith in all modernity.