American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: by Juliane Hammer

By Juliane Hammer

Following the occasions of September eleven, 2001, American Muslims chanced on themselves lower than unparalleled scrutiny. Muslim groups within the usa suffered from destructive representations in their faith, yet in addition they skilled elevated curiosity in elements in their religion and cultures. They seized the chance to form the highbrow contribution of yank Muslims to modern Muslim notion as by no means ahead of. Muslim girls in particular—often assumed to be silenced, oppressed individuals in their personal communities—challenged stereotypes via their writing, looking to convey what it ability to be a Muslim lady in the United States and engaging in intra-Muslim debates approximately gender roles and women’s participation in society. Hammer seems on the paintings of important girl American Muslim writers, students, and activists, utilizing their writings as a lens for a bigger dialogue of Muslim highbrow creation in the United States and beyond.

Centered at the debatable women-led Friday prayer in March 2005, Hammer makes use of this occasion and its aftermath to handle issues of religion, neighborhood, and public opinion. Tracing the writings of yankee Muslim girls considering 1990, the writer covers an intensive record of authors, together with Amina Wadud, Leila Ahmed, Asma Barlas, Riffat Hassan, Mohja Kahf, Azizah al-Hibri, Asra Normani, and Asma Gull Hasan. Hammer deftly examines every one author’s writings, demonstrating that the debates that problem American Muslim girls are on the middle of recent Muslim debates around the world. whereas gender is the catalyst for Hammer’s learn, her exam of those women’s highbrow output touches on subject matters primary to modern Islam: authority, culture, Islamic legislations, justice, and authenticity.

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