Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Religion as CritiqueIslamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 27 September 2021

The Difference

The Difference

Women and (In)equality

(p.154) 6 The Difference
Religion as Critique

Irfan Ahmad

University of North Carolina Press

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

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .