Feminist Insiders-outsiders: Muslim Women in Nigeria and the Contemporary Feminist Movement

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Cambridge Scholars, 2009 - Social Science - 248 pages
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This book examines different brand of women's feminist struggles and focuses on the struggles of Muslim women who are insiders in the Islamic Movement, as represented in Nigerian Muslim women's Islamic activism. Drawing on different secular-Islamic Gender feminist theoretical frameworks, the book closely analyses Islamic texts and these Muslim women brand of feminism, which reflect the effects of their strong Islamic commitment culture on their gender relations, postulations and feminist struggles in general. It argues that the Islamic texts portray the pre-modern basis of these Muslim women Islamic feminism born in the Prophetic era before the secular feminist movement, contrary to the common notion of the Islamic endorsement of Muslim women stereotypical backwardness, domestication and patriarchal domination. This book demonstrates how Muslim women writers have used Islamic organizations to work for, and contribute to, feminist changes.

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Ibrahim Olatunde Uthman, Ph.D. (2005) in Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion, International Islamic University, Malaysia, is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Before his current appointment, he had taught at Universities in Nigeria and the International Islamic University, Malaysia. He has published articles in several scholarly journals, including the Journal of Religion and Culture, University of Port Harcourt, Journal of Islam in Asia, International Islamic University, Malaysia and IKIM Journal of Islam and International Affairs.

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