By Sherine Hafez
As the realm grapples with problems with non secular fanaticism, extremist politics, and rampant violence that search justification in both “religious” or “secular” discourses, ladies who declare Islam as a motor vehicle for person and social switch are frequently both considered as pious matters who sign up for an ideology that denies them many sleek freedoms, or as feminist matters who search empowerment simply via rejecting faith and adopting secularist discourses. Such assumptions emerge from a standard pattern within the literature to categorize the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ as polarizing different types, which in flip mitigates the identities, reviews and activities of girls in Islamic societies. but if truth be told Muslim ladies whose activism is grounded in Islam draw both on rules linked to secularism.
In An Islam of Her Own, Sherine Hafez makes a speciality of women's Islamic activism in Egypt to problem those binary representations of non secular as opposed to secular subjectivities. Drawing on six non-consecutive years of ethnographic fieldwork inside a women's Islamic circulate in Cairo, Hafez analyzes the ways that girls who perform Islamic activism narrate their selfhood, articulate their wants, and include discourses within which the limits are blurred among the spiritual and the secular.
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