Category Archives: Gender Studies

Gender Concepts: 2 words for Menstruation

Q uses TWO words both of which are taken to mean menstruation, mahaidh (2/222) and quroo’i (2/228). It turns out that the word ‘mahaidh’ can mean other things. The verb ‘haadha’ itself means to ‘flow’ but i am unconvinced that it … Continue reading

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Momentous Events: Pt 6 (Ch 7)

7/4-9: Qaryah (town) and halak (destroyed) is used. Questioning is mentioned in 6. Their story is being recounted. 8-9 mentions awzan or balances. 14-18: ‘ilaa yawma yab3athoon’ is mentioned 18 mentions jahannam 24-25 : earth is mentioned to be ‘mustaqarr wa mata3an … Continue reading

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Gender Concepts: pt 2 (4/34)

In 4/34, a very famous verse, we see the use of rijal and nisaa as a pair. Rijaal are said to be ‘qawwamoon 3ala’ nisaa. Qawwamoon with the middle shadda here shows that they are those who will establish the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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