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PolygynyWhat It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands$
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Debra Majeed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060774

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060774.001.0001

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Religious and Experiential Prescriptions

Religious and Experiential Prescriptions

(p.52) 3 Religious and Experiential Prescriptions

Debra Majeed

University Press of Florida

In this chapter, the author draws attention to the Islamic sources African American Muslims consult when organizing their households. As with their coreligionists around the world, African American Muslims revere the Qur?an and the sunna (practices of the Prophet Muhammad) as their primary and most authoritative sources for the development of Muslim family life, including polygyny. Other authorities are important for those living polygyny, including female experience as textual exegesis, and should be examined. Thus this chapters explores theological questions attendant to multiple-wife marriage, drawing specific attention to what Islam says about polygyny and how African American Muslims embody what they hear, read, and witness as they seek to understand the conditions under which polygyny is a viable form of marriage.

Keywords:   African American Muslims, living polygyny, textual exegesis, Islamic sources, Qur?an, sunna, female experience, Muslim family life, theological questions

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