【Date and Time】November 14th (Thursday), 2019. 17：40～19：40
【Venue】Kenkyū kōgitō 4th floor, Rm. 422, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)
◆Dr. Shahnaz Begum
(Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of English, Purnidevi Chowdhury Girls’ College,
Bolpur, Birbhum, West Bengal)
“Islamic Feminism and the Contribution of South Asian Diasporic Women Writers”
Women’s rights, emancipatory movements, migration and legal-judicial provisions are increasingly available in the post 60s, more recently from the 1990s. In the context of fast developing technological communication, particularly emails and social networking, and availability of education to women in general, articulations about their selves and their community have gained solid ground. Miriam Cooke in her book, Women Claiming Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature (2001) informs us that the declaration of the ‘Decade for Women’ (1975-1985) by the United Nations in 1975 encouraged the growth of anti-patriarchal attempts all over the world. Many Muslim women took this opportunity to cross the threshold of the domestic boundary. Cooke considers two factors which helped this regeneration: revival of Islamic discourse and the advancement of information technology. At the beginning of the twenty first century, there was a reawakening of Muslims. They wanted the reformation of Islamic ideologies so that they can address newer challenges of life. Thus the Muslim people embarked on the project of implementing Islamic modernity that is to reinterpret Islam in the light of contemporary contexts. These Islamic modernists realized that development of women’s condition is prerequisite for achieving their mission. They put emphasis on the unorthodox roles women can play. Being encouraged, these women take up the task of ijtihad or independent reasoning on their own. They use their critical reasoning to identify the cause of sexual/textual oppression. The latter point mentioned by Cooke helped these women in creating a worldwide network among the activists. Thus Islamic Feminism is an ongoing project of Muslim Women from various part of the world.This paper will discuss about three South Asian Women writer-activists, Asma Barlas, Tahira Naqvi and Asma Gull Hasan who have contributed significantly in Islamic Feminism.
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