The acceptance of female leadership in mosques and madrassas is a significant change from much historical practice, signalling the mainstream acceptance of some form of female Islamic authority in many places. This volume investigates the diverse range of female religious leadership present in contemporary Muslim communities in South, East and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America, with chapters discussing its emergence, the limitations placed upon it, and its wider impact, as well as the physical and virtual spaces used by women to establish and consolidate their authority. It will be invaluable as a reference text, as it is the first to bring together analysis of female Islamic leadership in geographically and ideologically-diverse Muslim communities worldwide.
Women, Leadership, and Mosques
Edited, Translated, and with an Introduction by Mohammad A. Quayum, International Islamic University Malaysia
In The Essential Rokeya, Mohammad A. Quayum collates Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s best work in English, as well as Quayum’s own translation of her works from Bengali into English, which encapsulate the author’s imagination as a foremother of South Asian feminism.
Edited by Susanne Schröter, University of Frankfurt
The volume is the first comprehensive compilation of texts on gender constructions, normative gender orders and their religious legitimizations, as well as current gender policies in Islamic Southeast Asia and contributes on current debates on gender and Islam.
This study explores the mother-daughter relationship as the most fundamental and most intimate female relationship. It draws on both early and contemporary writings of Arab women to illuminate the traditional and evolving nature of mother-daughter relationships in Arab families and how these ...
Raja Rhouni, Mohammed V University
This book offers a thorough and critical analysis of the work of one of the major figures in “Islamic feminism,” Fatima Mernissi. This work traces Mernissi’s intellectual trajectory from “secular” to “Islamic feminism” in order to engage in the theorization of this emerging feminism.
Ishaq Tijani, American University of Sharjah
Drawing on Marxist-feminist theory, this book examines women’s resistance to, and subversion of, patriarchal authority, as respresented in Kuwaiti women’s fiction. It demonstrates that Kuwaiti/Arabian Gulf women are not as submissive as commonly (mis)represented in academia and the media.
Translated and commented by Fayeza S. Hasanat, University of Central Florida
In the framework of a romantic tale, Faizunnesa recorded how women were always treated as agents of chaos and desire, and how their resisting voices were always silenced in a religiously motivated society. This book examines her text as a critique of male dominance in the Muslim society of ...
Nefissa Naguib, University of Bergen
This book tells a different story about water. Against the backdrop of the end of the Ottoman Empire, Mandate period, the founding of Israel, the Arab-Israeli wars and Palestinian uprisings, old Palestinian women recount life before and after piped water.
This innovative anthropological study, based on biographic narratives recorded during extensive field-research in Darfur, Sudan (1990-95) provides a unique understanding of how, in daily life, working women of different classes negotiate their identities in the context of an Islamist regime.
Performing Islam focuses on a wide spectrum of ritual activities in Iran today as a key for elucidating social, cultural and political processes, but in particular the values and beliefs underpinning gender constructions in a rapidly changing complex society.
This anthropological monograph provides fascinating insights into the life world of highly educated Jordanian women in their early twenties; it is a sensitive account of their powerful contributions to a rapidly changing society as well as of the problems they often face.
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