It helps bring to light the vibrant tradition of differences and diversity of Qur'anic interpretation and juristic opinions that pervaded Islamic scholarship and society in the early years of Islam.
Serve the political interests of competing groups as they battle for control of the Muslim community.
Provide an understanding of the contruction of gender in classical tafsir literature and Islamic legal thought.
Come to an understanding of the traditional/patriarchal' modes of knowledge production in Islamic law.
Introduced to the reformist/egalitarian modes of knowledge production.
Develop arguments and strategies to advance (in their own contexts) a rights-based argument that is also grounded in Islam.