This shit happens a lot in Jewish commentaries. Women are erased. Exemptions for women turn into prohibitions. Restrictive laws for men fall out of practice but become more stringent for women. And it’s crap.
And we’ve seen here already that the same is true for translations and commentaries in the Qur’an. Women are deliberately ignored or erased, and there is a silent agreement in this global patriarchy that any mention of a woman in religious text is an example for women only, even when the text itself unarguably states that the example is for everyone.
And God cites an example for those who believe: the wife of Pharaoh when she said: “My Lord! Build for me a home with thee in the Garden, and deliver me from Pharaoh and his work, and deliver me from evildoing folk.” And Mary, daughter of Imran, whose body was chaste, therefor We breathed therein something of Our Spirit. And she put faith in the words of her Lord and the Scriptures, and was of the truly devout. (Qur’an 66:11–12)
Those who believe. Gender-neutral in both Arabic and English, and yet there is a consensus that these must be parables for only women.
Even through its literary beauty and eloquence, the Qur’an is essentially a book of morals, filled with examples and solid information. Nothing is without reason–diction, syntax, detail, everything serves a purpose to be examined. And the very reason the Qur’an is appropriate for all times and universally applicable is because it is contextual. If there is something in the Qur’an that is not appropriate to modern times, you have failed to understand it. If you are murdering every non-Muslim you see, you have failed to take the Qur’an in context, the very process through which it is universal. The Qur’an is the Last Book, meant to be relevant until the end of time. And within it, stories have specific characters in specific situations, and when we erase or completely ignore or misconstrue details we fail to understand the complete message. It becomes lost, consequently other verses appear disorderly, and everything drowns in noise. Properly interpreting the text with the standards dictated in the Qur’an as a whole picture becomes difficult.
For example, a reader would notice that in the Qur’an, when a woman is spoken of, she is related to a family member: ex. Mary, the daughter of Imran; furthermore, Mary is the only woman called by a name. The Queen of Sheba is referred to by her respectful titled–the Queen. To us, the latter is obvious that it signifies respect, because calling others by titles to respect them is something we still practice today. The former, of following the name of a woman with that of a relative, has for the most part died for our time and is even viewed as sexist, as the relative is nearly always male. However, when the Qur’an was revealed, this was a sign of deep respect: for someone to be related to a family or have a title was a mark of high reverence and adoration. A person was not called by his or her name without a title or family relation unless that person was close to the speaker, like a child or sibling or a spouse. That is why women in the Qur’an are not referred to by their names. The contexual message to be carried away here is the universal, timeless principle that women should be addressed respectfully by the standards of the given society and era.
The Qur’an also does not mention Jesus without son of Mary. Not even once, confirming that the respective title marks equal value in a matriarchal relation according to God.
Muhammad is referred to as the Prophet of God.
Concepts become concrete in the events the Qur’an describes, whether one takes a figurative or literal interpretation of these events. The characters and circumstances through which they struggle and the ramifications of the actions they take provide us with these guidelines. If certain characters who are meant to be role models for all believers of both sexes are incorrectly interpreted to be examples for solely women, it is a sign of oppression. And when translators, or a society high on its patriarchal self, erase details and ignore something as crucial as the women which God has selected to be examples for all of believers, regardless of sex–
that is a war against women, a strike of disrespectfulness, against the Word of God.