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, ladies who declare Islam as a automobile for person and social swap are frequently both considered as pious matters who join an ideology that denies them many glossy freedoms, or as feminist topics who search empowerment simply 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, reviews and activities of ladies in Islamic societies. but in truth Muslim girls 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 of a women's Islamic flow in Cairo, Hafez analyzes the ways that ladies who perform Islamic activism narrate their selfhood, articulate their wants, and embrace discourses within which the bounds are blurred among the spiritual and the secular.
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