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Challenges faced by Muslim women : an evaluation of the writings of Leila Ahmed, Elizabeth Fernea, Fatima Mernissi and Amina Wadud

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dc.contributor.advisor Steyn, H. C.
dc.contributor.advisor Lubbe, Gerrie
dc.contributor.author Tuppurainen, Anne Johanna
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-20T13:48:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-20T13:48:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05
dc.date.submitted 2010-05
dc.identifier.citation Tuppurainen, Anne Johanna (2010) Challenges faced by Muslim women : an evaluation of the writings of Leila Ahmed, Elizabeth Fernea, Fatima Mernissi and Amina Wadud, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3951> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3951
dc.description.abstract The subject and the scope of this study are the challenges faced by Muslim women in contemporary societies as presented by the four prominent authors: Leila Ahmed, Elizabeth Fernea, Fatima Mernissi and Amina Wadud. The methodology applied to the literary analysis is the feminist-qualitative research approach in religious studies with specific reference to Islamic feminist studies. Many Muslim women scholars criticise the study of Third World women as objects of study-cases who are rarely heeded as serious scholars. Misconceptions about Islam and Muslim women are common in Western society. Previous studies have not dealt with the issue satisfactorily and failed to provide a holistic picture. The challenges faced by Muslim women have been interpreted against a Western feminist framework, thus causing more harm than good. The resultant predicament is the subject of this study in which Muslim women’s own attitudes and responses to their present circumstances and future prospects are explored. How and why Muslim women are challenged? How do they envisage the resolution of these challenges? The purpose of this study is to provide a framework that can give an adequate account of challenges as seen by Muslim women and to evaluate strategies that can provide suitable solutions to these challenges. Firstly, an objective Giele/Smock/Engineer framework was developed with reference to the most pressing challenges (articulated in well-documented definitions and descriptions) faced by Muslim women in contemporary societies. These key issues of women’s rights on political participation, education, work, family, and social participation were discussed and analysed in the light of this women-centred approach with specific reference to the writings of four prominent women authors: Leila Ahmed, Elizabeth Fernea, Fatima Mernissi and Amina Wadud. Each author has brought her own particular perspective and area of expertise into the discussion – sometimes arguing among with the other authors in a virtual ‘roundtable’ discussion; at times joining hands in mutual agreement. Finally, Muslim women’s struggle against injustice was subjected to critical scrutiny with particular attention to common strategies and solutions that the four authors have used and developed in the light of the modern debate. It is in the latter discussion that the study reached its ultimate goal by determining how the challenges have been met. Moreover, Islamic feminism was assessed to determine how it related to and coped with social change and how effective it has been in seeking to assert rights of and find justice for women through historical, anthropological, socio-political and hermeneutical approach. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 323 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Feminism in Islam en
dc.subject Gender in Islam en
dc.subject Islamic feminism en
dc.subject Social justice en
dc.subject Women’s rights en
dc.subject Social change en
dc.subject.ddc 305.48697
dc.subject.lcsh Women's rights -- Islamic countries
dc.subject.lcsh Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism -- Islamic countries
dc.subject.lcsh Social justice -- Islamic countries
dc.subject.lcsh Social change -- Islamic countries
dc.subject.lcsh Muslim women -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Women in Islam
dc.subject.lcsh Women (Islamic law)
dc.title Challenges faced by Muslim women : an evaluation of the writings of Leila Ahmed, Elizabeth Fernea, Fatima Mernissi and Amina Wadud en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Religious Studies
dc.description.degree D. Th. (Religious Studies)


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