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Disrupting (gendered) Islamophobia: the practice of feminist ijtihad to support the agency of young Muslim women

Keddie, Amanda 2016, Disrupting (gendered) Islamophobia: the practice of feminist ijtihad to support the agency of young Muslim women, Journal of gender studies, In Press, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1080/09589236.2016.1243047.

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Title Disrupting (gendered) Islamophobia: the practice of feminist ijtihad to support the agency of young Muslim women
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Journal of gender studies
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10-09
ISSN 0958-9236
1465-3869
Keyword(s) Muslim women
feminist ijtihad
Islam
religious identities
gender identities
Summary Muslim feminist scholars highlight, and seek to transform, racist, sexist and Islamophobic discourses through feminist interpretations of their religion. This paper reports on data gathered from an interview-based study involving four young Muslim women from the same Brisbane (Queensland) community. The focus is on how these young women are understanding, and finding spaces of agency, within these discourses with reference to their faith. The Islamic principle of ijtihad (jurisprudential interpretation of religious text) and the practice of feminist ijtihad are theorized as powerful tools in supporting the young women to counter the Islamophobia and gendered Islamophobia in their lives. Using these tools, however, as this paper argues, is not unproblematic and can reinscribe disempowering gender and ethno-cultural relations. Amid unprecedented gendered Islamophobia and the clear imperative of supporting Muslim women to access the tools of feminist ijtihad, the paper provides important insight into the possibilities and problematics of these tools.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09589236.2016.1243047
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor & Francis
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