1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender

Edited By Justine Howe Copyright 2021
    502 Pages
    by Routledge

    502 Pages
    by Routledge

    Given the intense political scrutiny of Islam and Muslims, which often centres on gendered concerns, The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender is an outstanding reference source to key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into seven parts:

    • Foundational texts in historical and contemporary contexts
    • Sex, sexuality, and gender difference
    • Gendered piety and authority
    • Political and religious displacements
    • Negotiating law, ethics, and normativity
    • Vulnerability, care, and violence in Muslim families
    • Representation, commodification, and popular culture

    These sections examine key debates and problems, including: feminist and queer approaches to the Qur’an, hadith, Islamic law, and ethics, Sufism, devotional practice, pilgrimage, charity, female religious authority, global politics of feminism, material and consumer culture, masculinity, fertility and the family, sexuality, sexual rights, domestic violence, marriage practices, and gendered representations of Muslims in film and media.

    The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, Islamic studies, and gender studies. The Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as cultural studies, area studies, sociology, anthropology, and history.


    Justine Howe

    Part I. Foundational texts in historical and contemporary contexts

    Chapter 1. Classical Qurʾanic exegesis and women

    Hadia Mubarak

    Chapter 2. Sex and marriage in early Islamic law

    Carolyn G. Baugh

    Chapter 3. Islamic gender ethics: traditional discourses, critiques, and new frameworks of inclusivity

    Zahra Ayubi

    Chapter 4. Muslima theology

    Jerusha Tanner Rhodes

    Chapter 5. Gender and the study of Islamic law: from polemics to feminist ethics

    Fatima Seedat

    Part II. Sex, sexuality, and gender difference

    Chapter 6. Applying gender and queer theory to pre-modern sources

    Ash Geissinger

    Chapter 7. Intersex in Islamic medicine, law, and activism

    Indira Falk Gesink

    Chapter 8. Sexuality and human rights: actors and arguments

    Anissa Helie

    Chapter 9. Mixité, gender difference, and the politics of Islam in France after the headscarf ban

    Kirsten Wesselhoeft

    Part III. Gendered authority and piety

    Chapter 10. Gendering the divine: women, femininity, and queer identities on the Sufi path

    Merin Shobhana Xavier

    Chapter 11. Gender and the Karbala Paradigm: on studying contemporary Shi‘i women

    Edith Szanto

    Chapter 12. The stabilization of gender in zakat: the margin of freedom and the politics of care

    Danielle Widmann Abraham

    Chapter 13. Muslim chaplaincy and female religious authority in North America

    Sajida Jalalzai

    Chapter 14. Malama Ta Ce!: women preachers, audiovisual media and the construction of religious authority in Niamey, Niger

    Abdoulaye Sounaye

    Part IV. Political and religious displacements

    Chapter 15. Gender, Muslims, Islam, and colonial India

    Ilyse R. Morgenstein Fuerst

    Chapter 16. Islam and gender on the Swahili coast of East Africa

    Nathaniel Mathews

    Chapter 17. Mujahidun, Mujahidat: balancing gender in the struggle of Jihadi-Salafis

    Nathan S. French

    Chapter 18. Modelling exile: Syrian women gather to discuss prophetic examples in Jordan

    Sarah A. Tobin

    Part V. Negotiating law, ethics, and normativity

    Chapter 19. Transgressing the boundaries: zina and legal accommodation in the premodern Maghrib

    Rosemary Admiral

    Chapter 20. Women and Islamic law: decolonizing colonialist feminism

    Lena Salaymeh

    Chapter 21. The emergence of women's scholarship in Damascus during the late 20th century

    Feryal Salem

    Chapter 22. Human rights, gender, and the state: Islamic perspectives

    Shannon Dunn

    Part VI. Vulnerability, care, and violence in Muslim families

    Chapter 23. Two ‘quiet’ reproductive revolutions: Islam, gender, and (in)fertility

    Marcia C. Inhorn

    Chapter 24 Aging and the elderly: diminishing family care systems and need for alternatives

    Mary Elaine Hegland

    Chapter 25. Domestic violence and US Muslim communities: negotiating advocacy, vulnerability, and gender norms

    Juliane Hammer

    Chapter 26. #VoiceOut: Sufi hardcore activism in the Lion City

    Sophia Rose Arjana

    Part VII. Representation, commodification, popular culture

    Chapter 27. Hijab, Islamic fashion, and modest clothing: hybrids of modernity and religious commodity

    Faegheh Shirazi

    Chapter 28. Constructing the 'Muslim woman' in advertising

    Kayla Renée Wheeler

    Chapter 29. French Muslim women’s clothes: the secular state’s religious war against racialised women

    Shabana Mir

    Chapter 30. Female filmmakers and Muslim women in cinema

    Kristian Petersen

    Chapter 31. Gender, race, and American Islamophobia

    Megan Goodwin


    Justine Howe is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University, USA.