Post 10 Week 12

Across the entire globe, feminism has always been an uphill battle. “Feminism, because it involves the awareness and analysis of gender inequality and women’s deprivation of their rights and efforts by women to redress wrongs, poses a threat to entrenched patriarchal power and privilege” (Badran) As feminists in the Muslim world have organized and begun to fight for particular causes, there has been a backlash in the fundamentalist religious community. “Feminism which first appeared in Egypt and other Muslim majority countries during the colonial era was branded by its adversaries as Western and anti-Islamic and thus a pernicious form of colonial cultural invasion. The notion of feminism as a Western and an alien assault upon religion – and of secular as Western and anti-religious – re-enforced by Islamists, persists to this day.” Margot Badran gives Islamic Feminism two main goals, the first being “breaking down the notion that the sphere of the family constitutes a separate domain positing instead a continuum of private/family and public/society” with the second being “dismantling the notion that Islam ordains a patriarchal construction of the family.” Islamic Feminism is different from Western Feminism in many ways, both in origin and focus. “Unlike secular feminism’s emergence in the form of a social movement, Islamic feminism burst on the global scene in the late twentieth century in the form of a discourse – a trenchant religiously framed discourse of gender equality.”


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