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Mohsen Kadivar

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474449304

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449304.001.0001

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Women’s Rights in the Hereafter: A Qur’anic Theological Study

Women’s Rights in the Hereafter: A Qur’anic Theological Study

(p.305) 11 Women’s Rights in the Hereafter: A Qur’anic Theological Study1
Human Rights and Reformist Islam

Mohsen Kadivar

Edinburgh University Press

Will women and men have equal rights in the Hereafter or will gender-based difference or discrimination continue in the mould of desert-based justice (al-‘idala-a-istihqaqiyya)? Is gender a factor in the rewards and punishments of the eternal life in the Hereafter or do faith and righteous deeds set the eternal path without regard to gender? Does Divine grace apply equally to men and women or do men enjoy more of it because of what they intrinsically deserve? Are heavenly blessings and the material and spiritual pleasures of those who have prospered given equally to men and women, or does heaven have a masculine visage and have its blessings and pleasures been based on the tastes and leanings of men, and women are to follow men in second place in relation to what they receive of God’s Grace? This chapter seeks answers to such questions, and to determine and describe the place and situation of women in the Hereafter from an Islamic point of view and to explain the role of gender in resurrection.

Keywords:   Women’s rights, Hereafter, gender discrimination, masculine visage, gender in resurrection, Hur‘in (Heavenly women)

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