Badran Study Guide II

As you read Badran's "Islamic Feminisms," focus upon the following points.


  • p. 159: Feminism—First appeared among the upper and middle classes
  • p. 160: The author says that men want to uphold “patriarchal modernity” and women want “egalitarian modernity;” what does this mean?
  • p. 160: engagements with modernity—creating a discourse based on ISLAMIC MODERNISM AND SECULAR NATIONALISM
  • p. 161: ISLAM VS. MODERNITY—East vs. West
    •   Fundamentalists and hostile Westerners like to maintain this distinction
  • p. 161: Patriarchal form of Islamism can live with nationalism, but not with feminism.
  • p. 161: According to the author, what are the differences between “Muslim feminists” and “Islamist women”?
  • p. 162: In the 1930's and 1940's, what are some examples of the cordial relations between feminists and Islamist women?
  • pp. 162-63: meaning of term “feminism” in the Middle Eastern context
  • p. 164: Rereading the Quran and other texts
  • p. 164: Radical feminism is equated with Islamic feminism.   Why?
    •   Islam—as religion and culture
  • pp. 164-65: “Middle space” - between secular feminism and masculinist Islamism.
  • p. 165: results of Islamic feminism:
    1. Revisioning of Islam
    2. New modernity
    3. Transformation of feminism
  • Why is the name that we give to 'feminism' important?
  • Why is religious feminism important in the Middle East and other traditional Muslim countries?
  • p. 166: No center-stage religious feminism yet
  • p. 166: Islamic feminism—an uneasy notion
  • p. 168: IJTIHAD: how to be Muslim and modern
  • p. 171: Muslim women have tried to combine modernity and secular nationalism
  • p. 172: Why couldn’t women divorce privately like men?
  • p. 174: Kemalist feminism: man was still head of the family
  • p. 174: woman’s bodies: sites of opposition
  • p. 175: Islamic modernity vs. secular modernity
    •   Gendered modernist movement
  • p. 177: Turkish women took up the hijab in the public sphere
  • p. 178: Discourse of the hijab: modern or not?
    •   FEMINIST HIJAB (almost militant)
  • p. 179: Relationship with male-led nationalist movements vs. feminist movements
  • p. 184: Radical feminism = Islamic feminism, revisited
Citation: Afsaruddin, A. (2007, May 03). Badran Study Guide II. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from Notre Dame OpenCourseWare Web site:
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