Mohamad Jebara is an Islamic scholar, historian and linguist with a focus on Semitic languages, including Classical Arabic and Biblical Hebrew. He is the author of “Muhammad the World-Changer: An Intimate Portrait” and the forthcoming “The Life of the Qur’an: from Eternal Roots to Lasting Legacy.”
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As tributes to Sinead O’Connor flowed in, the question of music as a permissible artistic force in Muslim communities resurfaced — further inflamed by a recent Taliban attack on musicians in Afghanistan. Given the widespread dissemination of teachings condemning music, a reexamination of traditional Islamic scholarship’s approach is long overdue.
Throughout the history of Islam, women have been scholars, teachers, imams, leaders and patrons of the arts and sciences, a history that Muslim leaders would do well to remember before controlling female participation in politics and religion.