An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion and Secularism by Sherine Hafez

By Sherine Hafez

As the realm grapples with problems with spiritual fanaticism, extremist politics, and rampant violence that search justification in both “religious” or “secular” discourses, girls who declare Islam as a motor vehicle for person and social switch are usually both considered as pious matters who sign up for an ideology that denies them many smooth freedoms, or as feminist topics who search empowerment merely via rejecting faith and adopting secularist discourses. Such assumptions emerge from a typical pattern within the literature to categorize the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ as polarizing different types, which in flip mitigates the identities, studies and activities of ladies in Islamic societies. but if truth be told Muslim ladies whose activism is grounded in Islam draw both on ideas linked to secularism.

In An Islam of Her Own, Sherine Hafez specializes in women’s Islamic activism in Egypt to problem those binary representations of spiritual 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 ladies who perform Islamic activism narrate their selfhood, articulate their wants, and include discourses during which the bounds are blurred among the non secular and the secular.

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