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  • Islamic activism as an inner journey : thinking religion as a
           psychological category : introduction
    • Authors: Andrea Brigaglia
      Abstract: The public resurgence of religion in general and Islam in particular has taken multiple forms over the last decades, and scholars have grappled with the problem of trying to interpret the significance of such a resurgence for individuals, state and society. There is unanimity amongst most scholars of religion that late modern and post-modern religious revival does not entail a return to traditional roots, but a number of subtle and profound transformations, which occur at the level of both individual and collective meaning. Much more, however, has been written on the social and political significance of these transformations than on their personal, psychological dimension.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Biographies of Muslim activists in South Africa
    • Authors: Abdulkader Tayob
      Abstract: This article analyses the life-trajectories of three Islamic activists in South Africa. It is focused on their journeys through activism over several decades, using life-story models from William James and al-Ghazali. These are stories of individuals who established or joined the Muslim Youth Movement (est. 1970) at one time or another and played some role in its long history. These stories include accounts of conversion, doubt and significant engagements in pursuit of an activist life. The biographies reveal a glimpse of the journeys that countless others, in South Africa and beyond, have taken in pursuit of an authentic Islamic life.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The dialogical construction of the Muslim Self : a reading of the life and
           work of Shaykh Muḥammad Al-Ghazālī
    • Authors: Aslam Farouk-Alli
      Abstract: This paper examines the life and work of Shaykh Muḥammad al-Ghazālī (1917-1996), an Egyptian reformist scholar, locating his intellectual output within the framework of the broader socio-political context in which he came into being and emphasising both the psychological and social aspects that have impacted upon the formation of his identity. The theoretical framework of this study relies upon Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogical discourse and approaches identity formation as a process of 'ideological becoming.' The paper examines al-Ghazālī's formative period, outlining his upbringing and thereafter traces his intellectual mentorship in the formal educational environment that subsequently moulded him into a prolific scholar and energetic social activist. Al-Ghazālī's intellectual bent is then interrogated and light is cast upon his salafi reform agenda. The paper concludes by assessing al-Ghazālī's impact upon Muslim society, emphasising his influence upon an entire generation of Islamist scholars and activists and argues that he has played an essential role in shaping the modern social imaginary; a concept that has been elaborated upon by the philosopher Charles Taylor and upon which this study draws.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Processes of engagement and disengagement in Islamic activism
    • Authors: Aini Linjakumpu
      Abstract: Political dimensions of Islam have a powerful presence in the transnational public sphere. However, the importance of the personal dimension in Islamist engagement has been underestimated. This article will look at how political action and activism are constructed in the activists' lives at the individual level, examining in particular the involvement and exit of three activists from radical Islamist movements in diasporic situations in Europe and in the USA. The concepts of engagement and disengagement are applied in the analysis. The article argues that political actions and processes are related to personal experiences and emotions. Emotions provide motivation and direction to political actions: emotions influence choices, and emotional reactions are a result of choices made. In this sense, belonging to a political group is a thoroughly emotional experience.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Nurettin Topçu and Necip Fazıl Kısakürek : stories of 'conversion' and
           activism in Republican Turkey
    • Authors: Michelangelo Guida
      Abstract: In the 1940s, Islam started to re-emerge in the Turkish public sphere after the secular reforms of the Kemalist revolution. Two public intellectuals, Nurettin Topçu and Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, played a decisive role in modelling Islamic activism in the new Republican environment. This paper will focus on these two intellectuals' activism and personal stories of intra-faith conversion, as well as their encounters with the Naqshbandi Sufi order, which survived the official ban on religious orders because of its informal structures and practices. On the one hand, the Naqshbandi practices inspired in these two authors a new methodology to propagate religion within the strict limits of secular Turkey. On the other hand, the new 'modern' intellectual environment also forced Islamist intellectuals to change their way of advocating religiosity through academically accepted standards and values.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • "I must strive to rectify myself and the people of the whole world" :
           portraits of Sunni traditionalist activists in South Africa
    • Authors: Auwais Rafudeen
      Abstract: From its headquarters in Karachi, the traditionalist Sunni movement, Dawate Islami, has spread to a number of other countries and in 1996 it founded a branch in South Africa. South Africa, in turn, has witnessed a mushrooming of Dawate Islami centres in various towns and cities throughout the country and has been the base for further expansion of the movement to other parts of Africa.What drives the members to the movement? How were they inducted as members? This paper explores these questions through portraits of two senior South African activists: Mufti Abdun Nabi Hamidi and Amirudeen Kajee. Drawing on the notions of 'practices' 'virtues' and 'states of the self' inspired by the work of Talal Asad, this paper also seeks to provide a framework for understanding the nature of the activists' belonging and commitment to the movement.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • 'Complex subjectivities' : Don Omaruddin Mattera's conversion to Islam,
           beyond a political reading and a biographical essay
    • Authors: Tahir Fuzile Sitoto
      Abstract: Known invariably as the 'Bard of liberation,' or more lately as 'the poet of compassion,' it is rather odd that Don Mattera remains an enigma in South African scholarship. Without claiming to offer a comprehensive biographical account of Don Mattera, the specific aim of this essay is to make sense of Mattera's conversion to Islam as well as his encounter with resurgent Muslim organizations. Foregrounding his autobiographical voice, sense of agency and self, the essay ventures to challenge a prevailing tendency in academic literature that often interprets Black and African conversion to Islam in strictly political terms. Hence while the essay acknowledges the dialectical tension between the political and spiritual in Mattera's religious journey, it contends that any reading or interpretation of Don Mattera's encounter with Islam that dismisses the spiritual dimension of his conversion would be grossly mistaken.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Muslim Portraits: The Anti-Apartheid Struggle, Goolam Vahed : book review
    • Authors: Ken Chitwood
      Abstract: Apartheid fell and the 'rainbow nation' emerged, with the release of Nelson Mandela in February 1990 and the subsequent free, and open, democratic elections across South Africa in 1994; these elections followed multi-party negotiations between multiple political organizations that had recently been decriminalized. Muslims played key roles not only during the formative period of post-apartheid South Africa, but also in the struggle against the apartheid regime. Even today, in the midst of South Africa's re-emergence onto the global scene and against the backdrop of transnational Islamic discourses Muslims - even as minorities - continue to influence the shaping of South Africa. This context provides the frame of reference for Vahed's work, which compiles various narratives and stories of Islamic leaders in the struggle to assert non-racial politics in South Africa.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization and the Afterlife of
           Development, D. Rudnyckyj : book review
    • Authors: Ra Tiedemann-Nkabinde
      Abstract: A small flame of interest has been emerging in recent decades assessing the relationship between Islam and contemporary economic phenomena. Until now this topic has been discarded in a neglected vault, sealed by the lingering dismissal of the incompatibility of Islam and capitalism, largely owing to the writings of Max Weber however, there is now a resurgence of interest. No doubt spurred by an explosion of attention directed towards focal points such as Islam and development, Islamic banking and finance, and geopolitical shifts threatened by the Arab Spring social scientists, policy makers and journalists have begun to reassess Islam and economics. Daromir Rudnyckyj's Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization and the Afterlife of Development fits within this mould, although charting a new course in its analyses of Islam and neoliberalism in the global south. This book builds on the emerging sub-fields of economic anthropology and the anthropology of globalization while offering an original contribution through its introduction of Islam as a focus.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Theorising experience, subjectivity and narrative in studies of gender and
           Islam
    • Authors: Gabeba Baderoon; Nina Hoel Sa'diyya Shaikh
      Abstract: Like many feminist initiatives, this special issue has its origins in long and nourishing conversations about abundance and absence, convergences and missed connections and the possibilities we dreamed of amid the complex terrain of feminist debates and Religious Studies in South Africa. In 2010-2011, the three co-editors of this issue were colleagues in a space that was most hospitable to such discussions, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. In the course of the year, our talks often centred on the rich history of gender theory in our disciplines of African literature and Religious Studies, yet we also noted the absence of a truly fertile exchange between two areas in which the country had produced much-lauded and influential scholarship: feminist theorising and Islamic Studies. In our discussions, we imagined a space that could generate such an exchange and thus emerged a collaborative feminist research project on "Theorising Experience, Subjectivity and Narrative in Studies of Gender and Islam".
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Feminism, epistemology and experience : critically (en)gendering the study
           of Islam
    • Authors: Sa'diyya Shaikh
      Abstract: Responding to Elizabeth Castelli's (2001) call to "trouble" and destabilise dominant or mainstream categories of analysis in the study of religion and gender, this paper looks at the feminist epistemological category of "experience" as it relates to the study of Islam and Muslim societies. I explore how mystical and mundane "experience" may currently intersect with feminist thought to produce egalitarian knowledge of gender and subjectivities within Muslim thought, in particular convergences of feminist and Sufi approaches to epistemology and religious experience. My approach is two-fold. First, I provide a critique of particular contemporary presentations of women's experience and feminist subjectivities in relation to Islam. Second, I offer a reconstructive feminist engagement with the category of experience in reading aspects of the Muslim tradition, focusing on the works of 13th century male Sufi, Muḥyī al-Dīn Ibn ҅Arabī. Through a creative dialogue with the ideas of this influential Muslim thinker, I aim to contribute both to a critical reflection on issues of feminist epistemology as well as production of new and nascent knowledge by Islamic feminists.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • "Speaking for ourselves" : American Muslim women's confessional writings
           and the problem of alterity
    • Authors: Aysha A. Hidayatullah; Taymiya R. Zaman
      Abstract: This article examines the phenomenon of American Muslim women's self-representation through the medium of autobiography post-9/11, focusing on Sumbul Ali-Karamali's The Muslim Next Door, Asma Gull Hasan's Red, White, and Muslim and the edited collections I Speak for Myself and Love, InshAllah. Highlighting the operation of "Muslim media chic", the authors challenge the assumption that Muslim women speak solely for themselves through emancipatory "truth-telling" narratives, arguing that self-narration tailored to the demands of explaining oneself to a non-Muslim audience results in gendered forms of ambassadorship that require critical examination. In addition to the problems of confessional representation, the authors also observe the writings' invocation of American cultural supremacy and depoliticised individualism, the latter propelled by post-1990s mass-media modes of feminine visibility, including chick-lit.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • States of being : public selves and national privacies in queer Muslim
           autobiographies in South Africa
    • Authors: Gabeba Baderoon
      Abstract: In this essay, I consider apartheid's racialised exclusions as well as the gendered and sexualised silences in certain forms of national belonging articulated by the anti-apartheid struggle and the post-apartheid nation. In particular, I theorise the role of autobiography about sexuality and religion in countering the regulation of political belonging in contemporary South Africa. I argue that life narratives can engage in a complex and dissident relationship to public discourses on national belonging. Black South Africans have produced an impressive record of autobiographical writing since the 19th century, generating an intricate local history of private life. In this trajectory, I explore what Muslim self-writing can contribute to South African conceptions of the private by analysing the collection of autobiographical essays published in Hijab: Unveiling Queer Muslim Lives. I argue that the forms of self-making in these narratives illustrate some of the social uses to which a confluence of religion, sexuality and national identity is being put in contemporary South Africa. I suggest that the intersection of religion and sexuality forms a complex engagement with questions of cultural authenticity and national belonging, potentially unsettling conventional exclusions and generating new forms of identity and affiliation.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Politics, freedoms and spirituality in Alaa Al Aswany's Yacoubian Building
    • Authors: Desiree Lewis
      Abstract: Although set in the 1990s and published in 2002, Alaa Al Aswany's novel The Yacoubian Building conveys the corruption and brutality that led to explosive revolutions in Egypt from 2011. Moreover, his depiction of Cairo-dwellers with diverse class, cultural and gendered experiences functions as a microcosm of the dense forms and histories of contemporary Egyptian socio-political processes. This article argues that the novel's power derives not only from its prophetic insight into Egyptian neo-colonial politics, but also from its expansive exploration of personal and collective freedoms. Connecting ideas about freedom to his scrutiny of how Islamic discourses have been represented and appropriated, Al Aswany shows that aspects of Islam have played a vital part in liberating personal and political struggles. The article therefore demonstrates that Al Aswany challenges Western-centric, orientalist and narrowly rights-based conceptions of social justice by exploring the interconnectedness of sexual, spiritual and political freedoms.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Sexing Islamic theology : theorising women's experience and gender through
           ҅abd-Allah and khalīfah
    • Authors: Nina Hoel; Sa'diyya Shaikh
      Abstract: This paper explores Muslim religious subjectivities as reflected in two central Islamic ideals, namely, ҅abd-Allah (servant of God) and khalīfah (moral agent). Drawing on the insights provided by Islamic feminists, we bring their theological views on ҅abd-Allah and khalīfah into conversation with issues of sexuality and sexual praxis in the lives of contemporary South African Muslim women. By paying particular attention to the various ways in which South African Muslim women navigate the God/believer relationship as part of sexual decision-making, this paper problematises the ambiguities that mark religious discourses on sex for the cultivation and fulfilment of the roles of ҅abd-Allah and khalīfah.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Re-constructing a religious identity through activism in an Islamist
           movement : experiences of female members of Qibla
    • Authors: Gadija Ahjum
      Abstract: According to Farid Esack, the Qibla movement was one of three Muslim "strands of justice" in the struggle against apartheid. The limited scholarship on Qibla has largely focused on its "militancy" and the charismatic personality and role of Achmad Cassiem. Little or no research has been done on other individuals active in Qibla, particularly pertaining to women's engagements and commitments to the ideals of the movement. This paper sheds light on how some women viewed their activism in the movement as part of a simultaneous re-making of their religious identity as Muslim women. Drawing on qualitative in-depth interviews, I explore the meaning and significance of religion as experienced and conceptualised by some women activists. By using Hans Mol's identity model of religion as a framework, I show how women's socio-political activism is intimately intertwined with the development of their religiosity. I suggest that Qibla, in its response to the apartheid state and politically complacent Muslim bodies, contributed powerfully to the re-construction of the religious identities of many of its members.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Decolonising Muslim subjectivities : a psycho-cultural perspective :
           reflective essays and poetry
    • Authors: Durre S. Ahmed
      Abstract: For millennia, humans inhabited two psychological worlds and "languages" in tandem: the world of fact (logos), having to do with the rational and pragmatic, enabling practical functioning at the material level, and the world of meaning (mythos), which has to do with sensemaking, giving meaning to the complex emotional experiences we call "life". Overwhelmed today by logos, the symbolic language of mythos has become almost extinct or reduced to literalism.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Poems : reflective essays and poetry
    • Abstract: Full Circle - Malika NdlovuConversations with my father - Rustum KozainHow to write about Indonesia - Rustum Kozainfor an indian daughter - Shabbir BanoobhaiSong of the Husband 2 - Gabeba BaderoonLanguage Poems - Gabeba Baderoonkafira, three generations - Roshila NairZulekha's raggle taggle - Roshila Nairmessage in a bottle - Roshila Nair
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • In the shade of Allah's mercy : reflections on Islam, embodiment and
           abortion : reflective essays and poetry
    • Abstract: I am a Muslim woman and I recently chose to have an abortion. I consider my religion to be one of the defining aspects of my life. I am an active member of the community in which I live, particularly in the area of women's education and empowerment. I am a wife and a mother of two little girls, both of whom I am still nursing while pursuing a post-graduate degree in Islamic Studies. My husband and I plan to have more children in the future, God Willing.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Lessons in writing, Lessons in Husbandry : reflective essays and poetry
    • Authors: Shaida Kazie Ali
      Abstract: As an undergraduate, I was introduced to the writings of Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. Walker, in particular, inspired my imagination and made me want to read fiction by black women in South Africa, who I presumed were writing about my experiences as a black, Muslim woman. So, filled with youthful enthusiasm, I flew up the university library steps to enquire about such local writers, primarily women of Indian descent. The librarian handed me a few stapled pages, a list of book titles and authors, saying that if such writers existed, it would be easy enough to find them since they should all have names like Pillay or Naidoo. I was incredulous. This was one of those moments where you wake up in the middle of the night with just the right cutting retort, since, at the time, you can hardly think, let alone say anything. I slunk away.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • The worth of a traditional tutelage : reflective essays and poetry
    • Authors: Nadeem Mahomed
      Abstract: Much has been written about traditional Muslim education in the last decade, often termed the madrasa in common parlance. Primarily, these writings have addressed the perception that madrasas are the hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism and pose challenges to global peace and their function in Muslim societies, specifically on the Indian subcontinent and in Afghanistan. However, the term madrasa is a widely used term and means various forms of traditional tutelage for Muslims. In South Africa, it is common for Muslim children to attend afternoon classes after school where they are taught the basic beliefs and practices of the faith in addition to learning Qur҅ānic recitation.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Islam and Homosexuality, Samar Habib (Ed.) : book review
    • Authors: Nadeem Mahomed
      Abstract: The last two decades have witnessed a burgeoning of literature, particularly academic works, on Islam and homosexuality. In addition to the numerous journal articles on the topic and the writings of activists and self-identified LGBTIQ Muslims, monographs have contributed to the discussion on same-sex sexuality among Muslims both historically and in diverse contemporary contexts. Titles such as Sexuality and Eroticism Among Males in Moslem Societies, Islamic Homosexualities, and Homoeroticism in Classical Arabic Literature first appeared in the 1990's. These books attempted to provide a view into how same-sex relations functioned within Muslim societies historically, anthropologically and in literary texts, with the latter two providing a more scholarly lens through which to approach this topic.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance, Anissa Hélie &
           Homa Hoodfar (eds.) : book review
    • Authors: Nina Hoel
      Abstract: Focusing on Asian and Middle Eastern contexts, Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance presents a collection of chapters that explore past and current discourses on sexuality, sexual diversity and sexual rights. In particular, the book examines the various ways in which patriarchal constructions of sexuality inform women's experiences and expressions. As reflected in the title of the book, the contributors, in varying ways, analyse and critique the structural religio-political mechanisms that police women's sexuality as well as render visible the innovative spaces emerging for the contestation and re-mapping of women's diverse sexualities in selected Muslim contexts.
      PubDate: 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • Introduction
    • Authors: Abdulkader Tayob
      Abstract: The articles in this special volume of the Journal for Islamic Studies emerged from a conference organized at the University of Cape Town in 2011 on "Islamic Reform and Public Life in Africa." Three central themes were discussed at this meeting: reform (tajdīd), religious leaders and education. With a particular focus on reform, these essays show the significance and impact of these themes in African contexts.
      PubDate: 2012-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
  • What is 'reform'? Approaches to a problematic term in African Muslim
           contexts
    • Authors: Roman Loimeier
      Abstract: The term 'reform' has come to describe a large array of different and rather variegated processes of change in historical as well as contemporary academic debates. This contribution looks at the emergence of new concepts of 'reform' in Muslim countries in the early 20th century and will address the question of how we can develop a sound terminology of reform that considers the inherent dynamics of movements of reform and the constant change in the meaning of 'reform'. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary, however, to tackle some methodological problems and to define the term 'reform' in conclusive ways. By studying movements of reform in their respective historical context, by identifying the specific dynamics of those movements as well as their social and religious relevance, we will eventually be able to determine the very nature of religious movements of reform. This contribution argues that while reform movements have to be understood in terms of how they are situated in a matrix of international networks and media-based representations, these movements must also be interpreted in terms of how they are situated in their local contexts.
      PubDate: 2012-01-01T00:00:00Z
       
 
 
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