Women and Memory Forum

Feminist and Islamic Perspectives – New Horizons of Knowledge and reform

Omaima Abou-Bakr, 2013 Books


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This book presents a number of topics related to the intersection between the feminist perspective with research on Islamic issues that relate to the life of women. It covers the axes between points of diversion and similarity from different perspectives. This work documents the results of a conference held between 17 and 18 March 2012 in Cairo, with the participation of researchers from the Arab world and Europe.

The papers included in this book represent a platform for conversation and building bridges on multiple levels. It brings together Arab and European women to exchange knowledge about women’s issues in Islamic culture in two different contexts. It was an opportunity for Muslim feminists from Arab and European cultures to meet and discover shared issues, as well as differences in priorities.

The research in this book reflects the importance of extending bridges of communication internally between Islamic feminists, within their context of prevailing Arab cultural and traditional institutions on the one hand, and Muslim feminists, within their European context with its prevailing trends and the role of their coreligionists, on the other hand.

Finally, this book bridges the gap in understanding amongst Muslims in terms of the principles and purposes of religion, based on justice, mercy, wisdom, and the good of all people (as defined by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya) and activating these principles within the doctrine of gender and equality in terms of the reconstruction of cultural concepts and social practices.

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