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Contested Voices: Secular women activists in the age of Isis

Elhinnawy, Hind (2020) Contested Voices: Secular women activists in the age of Isis. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:82264)

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At the heart of this thesis are two organizations; Inspire in Britain and Brigade de Mères in France, battling Islamic fundamentalism and gender inequality; and five life stories of 'secular' Muslim women working alongside them. While these women are widely recognized and celebrated among 'elite' circles in the west, they have been largely dismissed by postcolonial feminist scholarship as uncritical mouthpieces for their respective states 'anti-ISIS' agenda. Despite the controversy surrounding these women, this

historical contexts they are embedded in. The final section investigates the narratives these women draw on when talking about their activism and the circumstances under which these

contradictory pressures. Islamic fundamentalists see the activism of these women as a western imperialist project that does not engage with the reality of Muslim women. Postcolonial feminists valorise 'religious' agency as an indigenous alternative to western

left see them as Islamophobes. In reality, it seems that these ideological poles instrumentalize Muslim women's emancipation for the sake of attacking each other while allowing little discursive space for women themselves to articulate their positions.

either victimized or fully liberated.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Cottee, Simon
Thesis advisor: Chatwin, Caroline
Uncontrolled keywords: Gender Activism Dissent Resilience Social Change Islam Secularism War on Terror Britain France
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:51 UTC
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