Masooda Bano is Associate Professor at the Oxford Department of International Development. She studies Islamic movements in comparative context. She is the author of The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan (Cornell University Press 2012) and has co-edited Shaping Global Islamic Discourses: The Role of al-Azhar, al-Medina, and al-Mustafa (Edinburgh University Press 2015).
Dr Hilary Kalmbach is a cultural and social historian based at the University of Sussex. She is the first director of MENACS, the Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex. Her research focuses on Islam and its interaction with Middle Eastern cultures and societies over the past 200 years, with particular attention paid to authority, knowledge, education, and gender. Her article, "Social and Religious Change in Damascus: One Case of Female Islamic Religious Authority," won the inaugural British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Graduate Article Prize.
Contributors to the volume include PETRA BLEISCH BOUZAR, NATHAL M. DESSING, ROJA FAZAELI, JULIANE HAMMER, MONA HASSAN, SARAH ISLAM, MARIA JASCHOK, PATRICIA JEFFERY, ROGER JEFFERY, CRAIG JEFFREY, MIRJAM KÜNKLER, PETRA KUPPINGER, UTA LEHMANN, NICK MICINSKI, HIROKO MINESAKI, PIA KARLSSON MINGANTI, MATTHEW PIERCE, CATHARINA RAUDVERE, MARGARET J. RAUSCH, AMÉLIE LE RENARD, RIEM SPIELHAUS, NELLY VAN DOORN-HARDER, and ELS VANDERWAEREN
All those researching or teaching higher-level courses on Islamic authority, contemporary Muslim women, or the social and political dimensions of contemporary Islamic practice, regardless of disciplinary background or geographic focus.
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“The book represents a somehow oblique – and original – look at an absolutely magmatic universe where women are observed while they achieve “authority” and “leadership” in Muslim contexts […].”
Manuela Galaverni in Islamochristiana 38 (2012), 330-331.
“…an erudite, nuanced and detailed exploration of religious authority. […] …an invaluable book.”
From: The Muslim World Book Review34.4 (2014).
Table of contents
Introduction: Islamic Authority and the Study of Female Religious Leaders, Hilary Kalmbach
SPACE FOR FEMALE AUTHORITY: MALE INVITATION, STATE INTERVENTION, AND FEMALE INITIATIVE
Introduction to Section I
1.1 Sources of Authority: Female Ahong and Qingzhen Nüsi (Women’s Mosques) in China, Maria Jaschok
1.2 Women Mosque Preachers and Spiritual Guides: Publicizing and Negotiating Women’s Religious Authority in Morocco, Margaret J. Rausch
1.3 Reshaping Religious Authority in Contemporary Turkey: State-Sponsored Female Preachers, Mona Hassan
1.4 From Qurʾānic Circles to the Internet: Gender Segregation and the Rise of Female Preachers in Saudi Arabia, Amélie Le Renard
1.5 The Life of Two Mujtahidahs: Female Religious Authority in Twentieth-Century Iran, Mirjam Künkler and Roja Fazaeli
1.6 The Qubaysīyyāt: The Growth of an International Muslim Women’s Revivalist Movement from Syria (1960–2008), Sarah Islam
ESTABLISHING FEMALE AUTHORITY: LIMITATIONS, SPACES, AND STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING AND PREACHING
2.1 Leading by Example? Women Madrasah Teachers in Rural North India, Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery, and Craig Jeffrey
2.2 Thinking for Oneself? Forms and Elements of Religious Authority in Dutch Muslim Women’s Groups, Nathal M. Dessing
2.3 Celebrating Miss Muslim Pageants and Opposing Rock Concerts: Contrasting the Religious Authority and Leadership of Two Muslim Women in Kazan, N. R. Micinski
2.4 Textual and Ritual Command: Muslim Women as Keepers and Transmitters of Interpretive Domains in Contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina, Catharina Raudvere
2.5 “She is always present”: Female Leadership and Informal Authority in a Swiss Muslim Women’s Association, Petra Bleisch Bouzar
2.6 Muslimahs’ Impact on and Acquisition of Islamic Religious Authority in Flanders, Els Vanderwaeren
2.7 Women, Leadership, and Participation in Mosques and Beyond: Notes from Stuttgart, Germany, Petra Kuppinger
2.8 Remembering Fāṭimah: New Means of Legitimizing Female Authority in Contemporary Shīʿī Discourse, Matthew Pierce
THE IMPACT OF AUTHORITY ON MUSLIM WOMEN, MUSLIM SOCIETIES, AND CONCEPTIONS OF ISLAMIC AUTHORITY
Introduction to Section III
3.1 Challenging from Within: Youth Associations and Female Leadership in Swedish Mosques, Pia Karlsson Minganti
3.2 Gender Strategy and Authority in Islamic Discourses: Female Preachers in Contemporary Egypt, Hiroko Minesaki
3.3 Translating Text to Context: Muslim Women Activists in Indonesia, Pieternella Van Doorn-Harder
3.4 Making Islam Relevant: Female Authority and Representation of Islam in Germany, Riem Spielhaus
3.5 Activism as Embodied Tafsīr: Negotiating Women’s Authority, Leadership, and Space in North America, Juliane Hammer
3.6 Women’s Rights to Mosque Space: Access and Participation in Cape Town Mosques, Uta Christina Lehmann
Conclusion: Female Leadership in Mosques: An Evolving Narrative, Masooda Bano