An interesting article about Islam, the Quran, and wife-beating. The author tackles the kind of issue that is fundamentally difficult when talking about "liberal interpretation" of Islam: if it's written pretty unambiguously in the Quran, it's difficult to justify change. What these interpretations miss out however is that just because something is written in the Quran doesn't mean it's universally followed or even known about. Not to mention that certain patriarchal practices are probably more about traditional conservatism and misogyny (two traits certainly prevalent among both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians) than an understanding of religion.
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