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The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender

Edited By

Justine Howe

ISBN 9780815367772
Published November 10, 2020 by Routledge
502 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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