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Female Islamic Education Movements
The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge

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  • Date Published: October 2017
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  • isbn: 9781108102919

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  • Since the 1970s, movements aimed at giving Muslim women access to the serious study of Islamic texts have emerged across the world. In this book, Masooda Bano argues that the creative spirit that marked the rise and consolidation of Islam, whereby Islam inspired serious intellectual engagement to create optimal societal institutions, can be found within these education movements. Drawing on rich ethnographic material from Pakistan, northern Nigeria and Syria, Bano questions the restricted notion of agency associated with these movements, exploring the educational networks which have attracted educated, professional and culturally progressive Muslim women to textual study, thus helping to reverse the most damaging legacy of colonial rule in Muslim societies: the isolation of modern and Islamic knowledge. With its comparative approach, this will appeal to those studying and researching the role of women across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, as well as the wider Muslim world.

    • Challenges the dominant narrative on female Islamic education movements, allowing readers access to major debates on how Islam is debated, understood and lived by women from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds
    • Maps the different organisational forms within female Islamic education movements, introducing readers to the forms of education accessible by women across the Muslim world
    • Presents comparative evidence from three important Muslim-majority contexts (South Asia, West Africa and the Middle East), showing readers the similarities between movements in different contexts across the Muslim world
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    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108102919
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Understanding knowledge creation: a re-reading of female Islamic education movements
    Part I. The Power of Dispersed Knowledge:
    2. Incentivising creative outcomes: historical patterns
    3. Knowledge production and student profiles
    Part II. Incentivising the Mixing of Knowledge:
    4. Institutional shifts: facilitating emergence
    5. Institutional shifts: facilitating expansion
    6. Institutional shifts: the rise of Western feminism
    Part III. Conclusion:
    7. Incentivising creative outcomes: looking forward.

  • Author

    Masooda Bano, University of Oxford
    Masooda Bano is Associate Professor in the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), and Senior Golding Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. She is currently leading a five-year long European Research Council (ERC) funded project entitled Changing Structures of Islamic Authority and Consequences for Social Change: A Transnational Review. She has previously authored and co-edited three books on Islamic education in contemporary Muslim societies.

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