Islamic Masculinities

Islamic Masculinities

by Lahoucine Ouzgane
     
 

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This innovative book outlines the great complexity, variety and difference of male identities in Islamic societies. From the Taliban orphanages of Afghanistan to the cafés of Morocco, from the experience of couples at infertility clinics in Egypt to that of Iraqi conscripts, it shows how the masculine gender is constructed and negotiated in the Islamic Ummah.… See more details below

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This innovative book outlines the great complexity, variety and difference of male identities in Islamic societies. From the Taliban orphanages of Afghanistan to the cafés of Morocco, from the experience of couples at infertility clinics in Egypt to that of Iraqi conscripts, it shows how the masculine gender is constructed and negotiated in the Islamic Ummah. It goes far beyond the traditional notion that Islamic masculinities are inseparable from the control of women, and shows how the relationship between spirituality and masculinity is experienced quite differently from the prevailing Western norms. Drawing on sources ranging from modern Arabic literature to discussions of Muhammad‘s virility and Abraham‘s paternity, it portrays ways of being in the world that intertwine with non-Western conceptions of duty to the family, the state and the divine.

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'Lahoucine Ouzgane has collated a powerful and impressive collection of essays, making an important and timely contribution to our understanding of men and masculinities. In an age when the complex relationship between Islam and gender has never been more critical, and yet never more susceptible to myth, Islamic Masculinities not only challenges prevalent stereotypes about Muslim men and women, but provides compelling insights into the dynamics of masculine identity construction.' - Stephen Whitehead, author of Men and Masculinities: Key themes and new directions

'We have waited a long time for a book on Muslim men and Islamic Masculinities and now we have one. Lahoucine Ouzgane's timely collection covers the key debates about men and masculinity and includes discussion of violence, sexuality, spirituality and power. The book covers some of the most important flashpoints of the global world and provides a corrective to the gendered stereotypes that are often peddled by the mass media. Covering a swathe of territory from Morocco in the West to Pakistan in the east, Turkey in the north to Kenya in the south, this book shows how men understand themselves and their relationships with others. This book explains how Islamic values and contexts impact on men and how these are woven into the gendered relations and identities of the region.' - Professor Robert Morrell, School of Education, Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848137141
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
07/04/2013
Series:
Global Masculinities
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,016,280
File size:
1 MB

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