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Nosrat Kharazmi Z. Revising the Islamic Feminism Thinking Norm on the Boundary of Islam and Modernity: Leila Ahmed’s Reading on Islam and its Compatibility with Modern Gender Norms. EIJH 2022; 29 (4) :1-22
URL: http://eijh.modares.ac.ir/article-27-53772-en.html
Assistant Professor of American Studies Department, Faculty of World Studies University of Tehran , zkharazmi@ut.ac.ir
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: The post-colonial conditions provided a good opportunity for Muslim women to shift their strategic position from a unit of analysis for westerners to the agent of active knowledge production. For many, Islamic feminism is considered as an alternative knowledge to bring about an epistemological emancipation from Orientalist ideas. Nevertheless, the present study shows, this is not free of ambiguity and problems. This study focuses on a book entitled Women and Gender in Islam by Leila Ahmed (1992) as one of the most influential sources of Islamic feminism, which is considered as an international academic source and is part of the most frequent textbooks in syllabi in American universities for decades Regarding the issue of the current article, that is, the challenges of thinking on the boundary of Islam and modernity for Muslim women, the supremacy of presuppositions and modern gender ideas have been explored in Islamic feminism. This superiority of discourse is to the extent that by using the critical discourse analysis method and understanding intertextual connections with other first-hand Islamic historical and jurisprudential sources, Ahmad's reading can be much distorted. As such, the paper tries to unveil the necessity of re-considering internal ambivalences and discursive complications of the book, considering its logic in approaching early marriage, polygamy, and veiling through Ahmed's creation of complex binaries such as Jahiliah (ignorance) vs. Islam and the Prophet vis-a-vis his female counterparts.
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Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Women's Studies
Received: 2021/07/2 | Accepted: 2021/12/8 | Published: 2022/10/2

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