Gender, feminism, and critique in American Muslim thought

Authored by: Juliane Hammer

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415691321
eBook ISBN: 9781315794273
Adobe ISBN: 9781317744023


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In early 2011, in the concluding paragraph of an essay entitled “Muslim Feminist Birthdays,” Aysha Hidayatullah wrote the following in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion:

Advancing gracefully will require that we face end points and forge new directions in our work without reinventing the wheel, failing to give each other credit, or falling prey to the divisive commercialism of the U.S. academy that exoticizes Muslim women and turns them into collectors’ items of competing value. Our survival as Muslim feminist subjects will depend on our ability to remain accountable to our greater communities, foster a spirit of critical engagement, and maintain the momentum of a collective movement that continues to nourish new life.

( Hidayatullah 2011: 122)

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