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Soft ForceWomen in Egypt's Islamic Awakening$
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Ellen Anne McLarney

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158488

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158488.001.0001

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Senses of Self

Senses of Self

Niʾmat Sidqi's Theology of Motherhood

(p.103) Chapter 3 Senses of Self
Soft Force

Ellen Anne McLarney

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores Niʿmat Sidqi's literary and social vision of Islam through her writings. It looks at all her works but focuses mainly on Muʿjizat al-Qurʾan (Miracle of the Qurʾan) published in 1971. Her vision of the Qurʾan grounds religiosity in the human body and the sensory realm as the site in which faith is embodied, lived, and practiced. Sidqi uses words for “vision” (baṭar and baṭīra) that most strongly evoke the physical dimensions of spiritual seeing, more than words like shahāda (witnessing) or ruʾya (vision). In Sidqi, physical and spiritual seeing are deeply contingent.

Keywords:   Muslim women, Niʿmat Sidqi, Islam, social vision, Qurʾan, religiosity

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