By Sherine Hafez
As the realm grapples with problems with spiritual fanaticism, extremist politics, and rampant violence that search justification in both “religious” or “secular” discourses, girls who declare Islam as a car for person and social switch are frequently both considered as pious matters who sign up for an ideology that denies them many glossy freedoms, or as feminist topics who search empowerment basically via rejecting faith and adopting secularist discourses. Such assumptions emerge from a typical pattern within the literature to categorize the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ as polarizing different types, which in flip mitigates the identities, stories and activities of girls in Islamic societies. but surely Muslim ladies whose activism is grounded in Islam draw both on ideas linked to secularism.
In An Islam of Her Own, Sherine Hafez specializes in 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 of a women's Islamic circulate in Cairo, Hafez analyzes the ways that ladies who perform Islamic activism narrate their selfhood, articulate their wishes, and embrace discourses within which the bounds are blurred among the spiritual and the secular.
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