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Religion as CritiqueIslamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace$
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Irfan Ahmad

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635095

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635095.001.0001

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The Difference

The Difference

Women and (In)equality

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(p.154) 6 The Difference
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Religion as Critique
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Irfan Ahmad

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635095.003.0007

Chapter 6 documents vibrant critiques of Maududi’s Janus-like neopatriarchate. It shows how people connected to the Jamaat criticized Maududi’s position on such issues as veiling, women’s participation in the public domain (including work and cinema), questions of eligibility to become head of state, studying in co-educational institutions, and issues of gender and knowledge. It also accounts for the factors enabling Maududi’s critique. It concludes by discussing what such critiques of Maududi’s neopatriarchate mean. Is it theoretically productive to describe such critiques as inaugurating an Islamic feminist discourse? Here, as elsewhere, the chapter reflects on the author’s earlier understanding to signal a reassessment. The key contention here is that the diverse critiques of Maududi’s position on women makes it clear that Islam, contra assertions by many feminists, can also be a critical language for empowering women.

Keywords:   Aligarh Muslim University, Cinema, Co-education, Gender Equality, Islamic feminism, Akram Nadwi, Masculinity, Muslim Women Scholars, Trouillot

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