Feminist critique and Islamic feminism: the question of intersectionality

Feminist critique and Islamic feminism: the question of intersectionality Just wanted to share a piece I wrote for an amazing new journal called The Postcolonialist on Islamic feminism and intersectionality. The journal has loads of great articles and I’m really happy to have been part of this project! Would appreciate any feedback on the article!

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2 thoughts on “Feminist critique and Islamic feminism: the question of intersectionality

  1. Maggie Sager

    I didn’t realize it until I started reading, but this is the exact article I have been waiting to read for years. Saba Mahmoud changed my life. So did this.

  2. Fatima Shehata

    This is a fantastic deconstruction of the topic of “Islamic feminism”!

    First of all, it opened my eyes to the inherently imperialistic language that is often used when describing Muslim women (and women of other cultures as well, no doubt), causing the reader to sub-consciously and somewhat involuntarily identify them as intellectually inferior and to a degree oppressed (Oh how I’m sick of the word and all of its connotations). It really is subtle but it definitely leaves behind the-no doubt intended- message. In a context such as this, the failures of mainstream feminism in relating to women of a non-white, non-secular background are blatantly apparent.

    I am in two minds regarding the basis of chauvinism in Muslim societies, but despite that, I will be the first to admit that there is an obvious move by Muslim men to embellish the scriptures, for a variety of reasons. Many of the issues given wide (if somewhat sensationalistic) coverage in the media (and rightly so), such as female circumcision and so-called “mercy killings” find their roots in tribal practices, rather than religious ones. Other more commonplace practices, such as the barring of women from mosques, prevention of them driving (to ‘protect their ovaries’, allegedly) or enforced wearing of full face “niqab” by certain groups, also bears witness to the fact, as they have no grounding whatsoever in religious scripture. (In fact, it explicitly states that no one is to bar anyone from going to mosques).

    Thanks again for a refreshing perspective, as always. This was one of my favourite pieces by you!

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