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Melbourne University Press

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Susan Carland

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9780522870350

 

The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist’s playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with sneering hostility. Yet between those two views there is a group of Muslim women many do not believe exists: a diverse bunch who fight sexism from within, as committed to the fight as they are to their faith. Hemmed in by Islamophobia and sexism, they fight against sexism with their minds, words and bodies. Often, their biggest weapon is their religion.

Here, Carland talks with Muslim women about how they are making a stand for their sex, while holding fast to their faith.

At a time when the media trumpets scandalous revelations about life for women from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Muslim women are always spoken about and over, never with.

In Fighting HISLAM, that ends.

 

Contents

Dangerous Waters

1. Beyond the Harem

2. Witnesses to their Faith

3. Journey to the Fight

4. Encouragement, Hostility, Apathy

5. The Double Bind

6. The Third Way: Faith and Feminism

Changing the Narrative