In this article, I contribute to the wider discourse of theorizing feminism in predominantly Muslim societies by analyzing the role of women’s political agency within the writings of the twelfth-century Islamic philosopher Averroës (Ibn Rushd, 1126–1198). I critically analyze Catarina Belo’s (2009) liberal feminist approach to political agency in Averroës by adopting a postmodern reading of Averroës’s commentary on Plato’s Republic. A postmodern feminist reading of Averroes’s political thought emphasizes contingencies and contextualization rather than employing a literal reading of the historical works.
"Bodies and Contexts: An Investigation into a Postmodern Feminist Reading of Averroës,"
Journal of Feminist Scholarship:
10, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jfs/vol10/iss10/5