By Sherine Hafez
As the area grapples with problems with spiritual fanaticism, extremist politics, and rampant violence that search justification in both “religious” or “secular” discourses, ladies who declare Islam as a automobile for person and social switch are usually both considered as pious matters who sign up for an ideology that denies them many glossy freedoms, or as feminist matters who search empowerment in basic terms via rejecting faith and adopting secularist discourses. Such assumptions emerge from a standard pattern within the literature to categorize the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ as polarizing different types, which in flip mitigates the identities, reports and activities of ladies in Islamic societies. but actually Muslim girls whose activism is grounded in Islam draw both on rules linked to secularism.
In An Islam of Her Own, Sherine Hafez makes a speciality of women's Islamic activism in Egypt to problem those binary representations of non secular as opposed to secular subjectivities. Drawing on six non-consecutive years of ethnographic fieldwork inside of a women's Islamic move in Cairo, Hafez analyzes the ways that girls who perform Islamic activism narrate their selfhood, articulate their wishes, and embrace discourses during which the bounds are blurred among the non secular and the secular.
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