For the third part of the online series Critical Thinking within Islam, researcher Leïla Tauil analyzes the veiling of women's bodies in Brotherist, Salafist and Islamic feminist discourses. In the accompanying text, she highlights the thesis of the historicity of the Quranic discourse advocated by Islam scholar Mohamed Arkoun.
As a teacher at the University of Geneva (Arabic Unit) and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Islam in the Contemporary World (UCL), Leïla Tauil specialises in the status of Muslim women (Codes of personal and family status and contemporary Islamist discourse on “woman” in Islam), Islamic feminisms, secular Arab feminisms, and the work of Mohammed Arkoun. She is the author of three books: Les féministes de l’islam, de l’engagement religieux au féminisme islamique, Etude des discours d’actrices religieuses « glocales » (Ed. Pensées Féministes, 2011) ; Féminismes arabes: un siècle de combat. Les cas du Maroc et de la Tunisie (Ed. L’Harmattan, 2018) and Les femmes dans les discours fréristes, salafistes et féministes islamiques : une analyse des rapports de force genrés (Ed. Academia, 2020).
VUB Crosstalks and Moussem set up a lecture series on critical thinking within Islam. In their ideas about Islamic civilisation both Muslim extremists and Islamophobes go back to an originally 'pure' Islam, which was supposedly born 1400 years ago, but in reality did not really exist. Islam was never one block, one movement. On the contrary, it has always been a very diverse culture, strengthened by acculturation and by coming in contact with the Greek, Persian, Indian, African culture etc. A history that is also full of dissidence, heresy and rebellion. These sects and alternative theological currents are at the root of a fascinating culture of debate. Philosophers from the golden age of Islam such as Al Farabi, Averroës, Avicenna, Abu Al Alaa Al Ma'ari Abu Bakr Al Razi, Omar Khayyam, Abu Hayyan Al Tawhidi... are founders of a culture based on reason and science. In today's complex world, attention to these forgotten thinkers is more than necessary.
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