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 automobile 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 in simple terms 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 girls in Islamic societies. but in fact 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 spiritual as opposed to secular subjectivities. Drawing on six non-consecutive years of ethnographic fieldwork inside a women's Islamic flow in Cairo, Hafez analyzes the ways that ladies who perform Islamic activism narrate their selfhood, articulate their wants, and include discourses within which the limits are blurred among the spiritual and the secular.
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