Female Islamic Education Movements: The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge

Female Islamic Education Movements: The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge

by Masooda Bano


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Since the 1970s, movements aimed at giving Muslim women access to the serious study of Islamic texts have emerged across the world. In this book, Masooda Bano argues that the creative spirit that marked the rise and consolidation of Islam, whereby Islam inspired serious intellectual engagement to create optimal societal institutions, can be found within these education movements. Drawing on rich ethnographic material from Pakistan, northern Nigeria and Syria, Bano questions the restricted notion of agency associated with these movements, exploring the educational networks which have attracted educated, professional and culturally progressive Muslim women to textual study, thus helping to reverse the most damaging legacy of colonial rule in Muslim societies: the isolation of modern and Islamic knowledge. With its comparative approach, this will appeal to those studying and researching the role of women across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, as well as the wider Muslim world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107188839
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2017
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Masooda Bano is Associate Professor in the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), and Senior GoldingFellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. She is currently leading a five-year long European Research Council (ERC) funded project entitled Changing Structures of Islamic Authority and Consequences for Social Change: A Transnational Review. She has previously authored and co-edited three books on Islamic education in contemporary Muslim societies.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding knowledge creation: a re-reading of female Islamic education movements; Part I. The Power of Dispersed Knowledge: 2. Incentivising creative outcomes: historical patterns; 3. Knowledge production and student profiles; Part II. Incentivising the Mixing of Knowledge: 4. Institutional shifts: facilitating emergence; 5. Institutional shifts: facilitating expansion; 6. Institutional shifts: the rise of Western feminism; Part III. Conclusion: 7. Incentivising creative outcomes: looking forward.

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