Asma Barlas on Qur’anic Exegesis

Taken from Believing Women in Islam by Asma Barlas, emphasis mine: ...In a reference to the Book given to Moses, God condemns those who make ‘‘it into (Separate) sheets for show, While ye conceal much (Of its contents)." The Qur’ān’s warning against reading it in a decontextualized, selective, and piecemeal way emerges also from its criticism of... Continue Reading →


The Erasure of Jahiliyah, Part II, and Notes on the Prophet’s Wives: Reflections on the Power of Rhetoric

Methodology and History The study of history is part and parcel of studying the Quran. Problems only arise when politically charged and largely fabricated sayings are elevated to the position of Scripture. This is prohibited. Learning about history itself, however, is not prohibited at all. The Quran's commandments were clearly contextual and intended primarily for a... Continue Reading →

For My Prophet: A Song of Redemption

Written on the day of a full solar eclipse coast to coast: 8/21/17. Inspired by a conversation with a mermaid. I have never been to Makkah, but I will, for Hajj, inshallah--at some point in the future. The city's turrets beckon me. It lies in the hands of a corrupt empire, a kingdom wrought with deceit... Continue Reading →

Translations of the Quran

They aren't actually translations. Many 'translations' of the Qur'an are not translations at all. Even the most commonly used and cited 'translations,' such as Abdullah Yusuf Ali's, are replete with grammatical and conceptual errors, conflated with the individual scholars' personal opinions--but a few are actual propaganda, subsidized, marketed, and propagated by foreign governments. A contemporary scholar of... Continue Reading →

Guidance for Whom? Notes on Interpretation and Quranic Teachings

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم The Quran addresses mankind as a whole in many verses. Despite this, it asserts in the opening verses of Surah Baqarah that it is "a guide for those who are conscious of God"--those who have taqwa, piety. It also says that while believers are increased in faith by hearing its recitation, disbelievers... Continue Reading →

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Quran, Hadith, Fiqh: Methodology and History

The Quran describes itself as fully detailed, coherent, and free of contradictions. It is humans, we could argue--fallible men--who introduce confusion and obscure its message. Indeed, this is what has happened over the last millennium: The Quran's message of peace, justice, and respect has been all but lost to the ages. The History of Misunderstanding... Continue Reading →


Linguistics Daraba, from triliteral root ض ر ب (daad-raa-ba), occurs about 58 times in the Qur'an. Its most common usage in the Qur'an is to "set forth/put forward/cite/point out an example/parable, a case in point." Concordance Index In Lane's Lexicon, its definitions span 7 full pages of text. In Taj Al-Arus, its definitions span 18 pages.... Continue Reading →

Some Things About Me: 2017

I've been asked to do this. Specifically, people have requested to know what on earth a 14-year-old girl thinks she's doing writing Qur'anic exegesis. Firstly: Yes, I am 14, and I am not making this up. I have been researching Islam since I was 11. I think it began when I started learning translation with... Continue Reading →

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