Hadith Interpretation for Equality between Women and Men

Friday, November 20th, 2015, 13:49 WIB

open defenseFaqiuddin Abdul Kodir has finished his doctoral study at ICRS by presented dissertation entitle Interpretation of Hadith for Equality between Women and Men: Reading Tahrir al Mar’a fi Asr al-Risala by ‘Abd al-Halim Muhammad Abu shuqqa (1924-1995) (18/11/2015). In his dissertation, Faqih tries to use Hadith to explore more on gender struggle for the equality between women and men.

Faqih said that this thesis is a hermeneutical analysis about reinterpretation of Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) within the context of contemporary struggle of Muslims for equality of women and men. “It is concerned with interpretative attempt in which Hadith is perceived positively as the source of teaching for meaningful life and just relation between women and men today. I use Tahrir al-mar’a fi asr al-risala of ‘Abd al-Halim Muhammad Abu Shuqqa (1924-1995) to point to some of its enabling moments of reading the Islamic source as practiced by advocates of gender equality within Islam” asserted by Faqih.

The main objective of this research is to suggests that reinterpretation of Hadith in the light of equality of women and men can retrieve key aspects of the text that have been neglected through tendentious assumption obviously prevalent among the conservative and the progressive Muslims as well. “Advocacy of gender justice in Islam, in turn, is possible by rereading the texts of Hadith literatures. In this project of rereading, I propose “hermeneutics of reciprocity” (qira’a mubadala) through which gender roles is interpreted as reciprocal matters and no longer a set of fixed and immutable rights and duties upon women and men” Faqih Said.