Gender Concepts: Pt 1 (Introduction)

The concept of rijal and nisaa traditionally expresses gender roles in Quran. However, this may not be true for the following reasons:

1. There is another pair which shows biological gender and that is dhakr and untha which connotes biological gender as 42/49-50 and 49/13 suggests.

2. Words like ‘nisaa’ikum’ (your nisa) is present in passages which are for believers (start with ya ayyuhalladhina amanoo). If nisa denoted biological gender then the passage would have started with ‘ya ayyuhall  rijalun min al mumineen).

3. Nisa is used to be opposite of ‘ibna’ (which is used to connote movements, vitaulity) and also qawm (which is use to connote people who are standing for something.

Will continue with an ayat analysis soon.

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4 Responses to Gender Concepts: Pt 1 (Introduction)

  1. Hi bro. Salaam.

    Look here…

    7/81: What! do you indeed approach ar-rijaal/”men” lustfully rather than an-nisa/”women”? Nay, you are a people who act ignorantly.

    Now look here, this other verse is talking about the same thing in a bit different wording…

    26/165-166: What! do you come to the az-zukrana/”males” from among the creatures? And leave what your Lord has created for you of your azwaaj/”mates”? Nay, you are a people exceeding limits.

    So we see that ar-rijaal/men is replaced by az-zukran/males, while an-nisa/women is replaced by azwaajikum/your mates i.e. the mates of the males i.e. females.

    So we can say that rijaal/men are zukran/males and nisa/women are inasa/females, generally speaking.

    • faroukaperu says:

      Wasalam bro,

      Well, going with our ‘al’ rule, perhaps in this case only ‘ar-rijal’ refers to ‘adh-dhukran’. Furthermore, interestingly, ‘al-untha’ is left out 26/166. I will work on this further inshaa Allah. Thanks for pointing this out to me 🙂

  2. Well, going with our ‘al’ rule, perhaps in this case only ‘ar-rijal’ refers to ‘adh-dhukran’.

    I’ll need to take a look at the ‘al’ rule again. Its been sometime, heh.

    Furthermore, interestingly, ‘al-untha’ is left out 26/166. I will work on this further inshaa Allah. Thanks for pointing this out to me

    Yeah, I am aware of this, that’s why I said “rijaal/men are zukran/males and nisa/women are inasa/females, generally speaking.”

    Ar-rijaal is replaced by az-zukran: Men are males

    However an-nisa is not replaced by al-inasa: Women are not necessarily just females. See, verse 42/50 mentions a third gender, a mixed, inter-sexual gender.

    Female is necessarily the mate of male, but woman is not necessarily the mate of man, since the woman can be an inter-sexual, i.e she can have both sexes mated within herself.(“or He MATES them males and females” 42/50)

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