Humanizing the Sacred
352 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
20 illustrations
Paperback
Release Date:15 Dec 2015
ISBN:9780295995328
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Humanizing the Sacred

Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia

University of Washington Press
In recent years, global attention has focused on how women in communities of Muslims are revitalizing Islam by linking interpretation of religious ideas to the protection of rights and freedoms. Based on ethnographic research of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a nongovernmental organization of professional women promoting justice and equality, Humanizing the Sacred demonstrates how Sunni women activists in Malaysia are fracturing institutionalized Islamic authority by generating new understandings of rights and redefining the moral obligations of their community. By weaving together women's lived realities, feminist interpretations of Islamic texts, and Malaysian cultural politics, this book illuminates how a localized struggle of claiming rights takes shape within a transnational landscape.
RELATED TOPICS: Anthropology, Women's Studies
Azza Basarudin is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Women at the University of California Los Angeles.
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