The University of Texas press has released a second, revised, edition of Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an, by Asma Barlas, professor of Politics, along with a monograph, A Brief Introduction to Believing Women in Islam, co-authored with David R. Finn. A Canadian philosopher who developed an interest in Barlas's liberatory hermeneutics of Islam's scripture, Finn undertook to "translate" it into simple language for non-academic readers.
Asma Barlas, Politics, gave a talk and a workshop on Qur'anic hermeneutics, secular/feminism and decoloniality at the summer school on Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies, in Granada (Spain) on June 22.
The school is organized by the University of California, Berkekey, and the University of Granada. http://www.dialogoglobal.com/granada/index.php
Asma Barlas, Politics, presented a paper, "When Gender is a Problem in Qur'anic Exegesis," at a workshop on Gender and Tafsir Studies at the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute (NYUAD) on April 9.
The paper questions the usefulness of using gender as a category to interpret some of the Qur'an's teachings and also argues against the essentialist notion that women's readings of scripture (or, texts in general) are necessarily a corrective to men's.