WSRP Research Associate 2021–22
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin
The Female Voice in the Qur'an and Qur'an Commentary: Rereading verse 33:32 from a Gender Perspective
Is the voice of a Muslim woman part of her nudity (‘awra)? Using gender as an analytical category, this research plans an exegetical hermeneutical study of the Qur’anic verse 33:32 to find out the position of the female voice and how it is interpreted in the West African Hausa society. Drawing on extensive field work, this project makes a valuable and new contribution to women’s studies by both engaging the lived experiences of Black West African Muslims and by contributing to debates on women’s vocal nudity and women’s perception.
Rahina Muazu is a scholar of Islam and a research associate at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin. She works on Muslim Women and Qur’an in Muslim West Africa. Her forthcoming book, "Qur’an Recitation and the Nudity of the Female Voice in Nigeria," looks at the debates surrounding the female voice, vocal nudity, and public space in Nigeria.