Women and (In)equality
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.
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