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1st Edition

Gender and Sexuality in Islam CC 4V

Edited By

Omnia El Shakry

ISBN 9781138854123
Published April 19, 2016 by Routledge
1628 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Exploring the multifaceted nature of gender and sexuality within Islamic societies in a trans-disciplinary and trans-regional fashion, this collection addresses the following questions: What are the principal methodologies for studying gender and sexuality in Islam? What is Islamic feminism? How do we understand the role of gender in the Islamic revival movements that have emerged since the last quarter of the twentieth century? How have historical forces and political projects—colonialism, nationalism, and modernity—constituted gender relations? How have sexual ideologies and practices transformed in Muslim majority societies in the modern era? What is the relationship between the global circulation of LGBTQ identities and queer and sexual counter-publics in the Islamic world?

Gender and Sexuality in Islam highlights methodologically innovative work while covering an expansive geographical range that includes the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central, South and Southeast Asia, and Europe and North America. The volumes cover: Gender and the Ethical Subject; Gender, Empire, and Nation; Sexualities, Intimacy, and the Body; and Gender, Sexuality, and Representation. The set will be of use to scholars, students, and general readers.



Omnia El Shakry is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of The Great Social Laboratory: Subjects of Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Egypt, and articles on the history of the human sciences, gender politics, and visual cultures in Egypt. Her current book project is titled, ‘The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt’.


This four-volume compendium of previously published articles and book chapters explores the religious, legal, and cultural injunctions and practices pertaining to gender and sexuality in Muslim societies around the world. The 61 articles go back to the early 1980s, when the status of Muslim women became a hotly debated issue in both academic journals and popular media. The current political rise of radical Islam has revitalized interest in the subject both within Muslim countries and in the West. Volume 1 focuses on gender and sexuality as presented in the Qur'an and Muslim religious discourse. Volume 2 explores colonial and postcolonial discourse as it relates to veiling, seclusion, and the general position of women in Muslim societies. Volume 3 examines the different manifestations of intimacy and sexual practices, including homosexuality as perceived and acted upon in Muslim countries today. The essays in volume 4 center on how gender and sexuality are represented in literature, arts, the media, and fashion. This rich and fairly inclusive collection of material is written by a diverse group of authors on a sensitive, highly contested subject; it provides a rich overview of gender and sexuality in Islam.

--A. Rassam, CUNY Queens College

Summing Up: Highly recommended