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An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion and Secularism in Women's Islamic Movements

Sherine Hafez


As the world grapples with issues of religious fanaticism, extremist politics, and rampant violence that seek justification in either “religious” or “secular” discourses, women who claim Islam as a vehicle for individual and social change are often either regarded as pious subjects who subscribe to an ideology that denies them many modern freedoms, or as feminist subjects who seek empowerment only through rejecting religion and adopting secularist discourses. Such assumptions emerge from a common trend in the literature to categorize the “secular” and the “religious” as polarizing categories, ... More

Keywords: religious fanaticism, extremist politics, violence, Muslim women, secularism, Islamic activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814773031
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814773031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherine Hafez, author