Women, Leadership, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority

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Masooda Bano, Hilary Kalmbach
BRILL, Nov 25, 2011 - Social Science - 581 pages
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The acceptance of female leadership in mosques and madrassas is a significant change from much historical practice, signalling the mainstream acceptance of some form of female Islamic authority in many places. This volume investigates the diverse range of female religious leadership present in contemporary Muslim communities in South, East and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America, with chapters discussing its emergence, the limitations placed upon it, and its wider impact, as well as the physical and virtual spaces used by women to establish and consolidate their authority. It will be invaluable as a reference text, as it is the first to bring together analysis of female Islamic leadership in geographically and ideologically-diverse Muslim communities worldwide.
 

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Contents

Islamic Authority and the Study of Female Religious Leaders
1
Male Invitation State Intervention and Female Initiative
29
Introduction to Section I
31
Female Ahong and Qingzhen Nüsi Womens Mosques in China
37
Publicizing and Negotiating Womens Religious Authority in Morocco
59
StateSponsored Female Preachers
85
Gender Segregation and the Rise of Female Preachers in Saudi Arabia
105
Female Religious Authority in TwentiethCentury Iran
127
Chapter 26 Muslimahs Impact on and Acquisition of Islamic Religious Authority in Flanders
301
Notes from Stuttgart Germany
323
New Means of Legitimizing Female Authority in Contemporary Shīī Discourse
345
Section III The Impact of Authority on Muslim Women Muslim Societies and Conceptions of Islamic Authority
363
Introduction to Section III
365
Youth Associations and Female Leadership in Swedish Mosques
371
Female Preachers in Contemporary Egypt
393
Muslim Women Activists in Indonesia
413

The Growth of an International Muslim Womens Revivalist Movement from Syria 19602008
161
Limitations Spaces and Strategies for Teaching and Preaching
185
Introduction to Section II
187
Chapter 21 Leading by Example? Women Madrasah Teachers in Rural North India
195
Chapter 22 Thinking for Oneself? Forms and Elements of Religious Authority in Dutch Muslim Womens Groups
217
Contrasting the Religious Authority and Leadership of Two Muslim Women in Kazan
235
Muslim Women as Keepers and Transmitters of Interpretive Domains in Contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina
259
Female Leadership and Informal Authority in a Swiss Muslim Womens Association
279
Female Authority and Representation of Islam in Germany
437
Negotiating Womens Authority Leadership and Space in North America
457
Access and Participation in Cape Town Mosques
481
Female Leadership in Mosques An Evolving Narrative
507
Glossary
535
Index
557
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Masooda Bano holds an ESRC Fellowship at the Oxford Department of International Development. She studies Islamic movements in comparative context. Her monograph, "The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan," is forthcoming with Cornell University Press. Hilary Kalmbach is the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on changing structures of Islamic authority, knowledge and education in the modern Middle East. Her current project situates Cairo s Dar al- Ulum in the context of twentieth-century social, religious and linguistic changes. Contributors to the volume include PETRA BLEISCH BOUZAR, NATHAL M. DESSING, ROJA FAZAELI, JULIANE HAMMER, MONA HASSAN, SARAH ISLAM, MARIA JASCHOK, PATRICIA JEFFERY, ROGER JEFFERY, CRAIG JEFFREY, MIRJAM K NKLER, PETRA KUPPINGER, UTA LEHMANN, NICK MICINSKI, HIROKO MINESAKI, PIA KARLSSON MINGANTI, MATTHEW PIERCE, CATHARINA RAUDVERE, MARGARET J. RAUSCH, AM LIE LE RENARD, RIEM SPIELHAUS, NELLY VAN DOORN-HARDER, and ELS VANDERWAEREN

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