refashioning secularisms in france and turkey the case of the headscarf ban islamic studies series

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Refashioning Secularisms In France And Turkey

Author : Amelie Barras
ISBN : 9781317686835
Genre : Religion
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Over the past few years, secularism has become an intrinsic component of discussions on religious freedom and religious governance. The question of whether states should restrict the wearing of headscarves and other religious symbols has been particularly critical in guiding this thought process. Refashioning Secularisms in France and Turkey documents how, in both countries, devout women have contested bans on headscarves, pointing to how these are inconsistent with the ‘real’ spirit of secularism. These activists argue that it is possible to be simultaneously secular and religious; to believe in the values conveyed by secularism, while still remaining devoted to their faith. Through this examination, the book highlights how activists locate their claims within the frame of secularism, while at the same time revisiting it to craft a space for their religiosity. Addressing the lacuna in literature on the discourse of devout Muslims affected by these restrictions, this book offers a topical analysis on an understudied dimension of secularism and is a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in Religion, Gender Studies, Human Rights and Political Science.

A Genealogy Of Islamic Feminism

Author : Etin Anwar
ISBN : 9781351757041
Genre : Religion
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A Genealogy of Islamic Feminism offers a new insight on the changing relationship between Islam and feminism from the colonial era in the 1900s to the early 1990s in Indonesia. The book juxtaposes both colonial and postcolonial sites to show the changes and the patterns of the encounters between Islam and feminism within the global and local nexus. Global forces include Dutch colonialism, developmentalism, transnational feminism, and the United Nations’ institutional bodies and their conferences. Local factors are comprised of women’s movements, adat (customs), nationalism, the politics underlying the imposition of Pancasila ideology and maternal virtues, and variations of Islamic revivalism. Using a genealogical approach, the book examines the multifaceted encounters between Islam and feminism and attempts to rediscover egalitarianism in the Islamic tradition—a concept which has been subjugated by hierarchical gender systems. The book also systematizes Muslim women’s encounters with Islam and feminism into five phases: emancipation, association, development, integration, and proliferation eras. Each era discusses the confluence of global and local factors which shape the changing relationship between Islam and feminism and the way in which the discursive narrative of equality is debated and contextualized, progressing from biological determinism (kodrat) to the ethico-spiritual argument. Islamic feminism contributes to the rediscovery of Islam as the source of progress, the centering of women’s agency through spiritual equality, and the reworking of the private and public spheres. This book will appeal to anyone with interest in international women’s movements, interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, women’s studies, post-colonial studies, Islamic studies, and Asian studies.

Historical Dictionary Of Turkey

Author : Metin Heper
ISBN : 9781538102251
Genre : History
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This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Turkey contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.

American Journal Of Islamic Social Sciences 35 4

Author : Mohammad Syifa Amin Widigdo, John P. Bartkowski, Gabriel A. Acevedo, Gulcimen Karakeci, Favor Campbell
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The 35:4 AJISS issue opens with an editorial that draws attention to the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of East Turkestan facing sustained Chinese government persecution. The issue then features two main articles. The first article, by Dr. Mohammad Syifa Amin Widigdo, argues that the Aristotelian dialectic was adopted within medieval Islamic theology and law and Christian scholasticism toward distinctive purposes: the Greeks aimed to defeat an opponent by showing logical contradictions, Christian scholastics searched for the truth by bringing out the preexisting truth in the mind of the teacher, and Muslim dialecticians employed it to arrive at a level of certainty in knowledge in both epistemological and psychological senses. The second article reports multi-author empirical research by Drs. Bartkowski, Acevedo, Karakeci, and Campbell on the analysis of data extracted from the World Values Survey. It investigates early twenty-first century religious influences on Turkish Muslim women’s attitudes toward gender inequality, hypothesizing that religious devotion among Muslim women in Turkey is associated with greater support for gender inequality across the institutional domains of family. Finally, following the book reviews, the issue includes an extensive and erudite response by Professor Sherman Jackson to some crucial and timely issues raised by Professor Kecia Ali, who has argued that Muslim male scholars often omit, overlook, undervalue, or dismiss the scholarly views and interventions of female scholars. Jackson’s response is thoughtful, engaging, and respectful, even if it refuses to grant the premise of Ali’s argument.

Beyond Accommodation

Author : Jennifer A Selby
ISBN : 0774838299
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Problems - of integration, failed political participation, and requests of all kinds - seem to dominate the research on minority Muslims in Western nations. Beyond Accommodation offers a different perspective, showing how Muslim Canadians successfully navigate and negotiate their religiosity. The authors critique the model of reasonable accommodation, suggesting that it disempowers religious minorities by implicitly privileging Christianity and by placing the onus on them to make formal requests for accommodation. Through interviews, Muslim Canadians show that informal negotiation takes place all the time; scholars, however, have not been paying attention to it. This book proposes an alternative picture of how religious difference is woven into the fabric of Canadian society.

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