Challenging From Within: Youth Associations and Female Leadership in Swedish Mosques
2011 (English)In: Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority / [ed] Masooda Bano, Hilary Kalmbach, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011, 371-391 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This chapter focuses on women members of the Sunnī-dominated national organization Sweden's Young Muslims (Sveriges Unga Muslimer, SUM) and some of its local youth associations in different Swedish towns, to argue that involvement with these associations is increasing Muslim women's engagement with mosques and other venues for acquisition of Islamic knowledge. Illuminating the continuous challenges to the women's presence in mosques and their wider public activism the chapter examines how these women defend their right to exercise religious authority while supporting the traditional sources of Muslim authority in the public sphere. It analyzes how the women reinterpret the Islamic texts to change their daily lives as well as their position within both the Muslim community and Swedish society as a whole. The chapter emphasizes that in more informal situations, backstage among peers, the women put gender on the agenda, initiate reflexive deliberations, and test alternative norms and practices.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011. 371-391 p.
, Women and Gender: The Middle East and the Islamic World, ISSN 1570-7628 ; 11
Islamic texts, mosques, Muslim community, Sweden's Young Muslims, Swedish society
Ethnology History of Religions Gender Studies
Research subject Ethnology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66755DOI: 10.1163/9789004209367_020ISBN: 9789004211469OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-66755DiVA: diva2:468456