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Humanizing the Sacred : Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia (Hardcover)

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In recent years, global attention has focused on how women in communities of Muslims are revitalizing Islam by linking interpretation of religious ideas to the protection of rights and freedoms.Humanizing the Sacred demonstrates how Sunni women activists in Malaysia are fracturing institutionalized Islamic authority by generating new understandings of rights and redefining the moral obligations of their community. Based on ethnographic research of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a nongovernmental organization of professional women promoting justice and equality, Basarudin examines SIS members' involvement in the production and transmission of Islamic knowledge to reformulate legal codes and reconceptualize gender discourses. By weaving together women's lived realities, feminist interpretations of Islamic texts, and Malaysian cultural politics, this book illuminates how a localized struggle of claiming rights takes shape within a transnational landscape. It provides a vital understanding of how women "live" Islam through the integration of piety and reason and the implications of women's political activism for the transformation of Islamic tradition itself.

Number of Pages: 330
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Women
Series Title: Decolonizing Feminisms
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
Author: Azza Basarudin
Language: English
Street Date: November 9, 2015
TCIN: 46767135
UPC: 9780295995311
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7814

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