Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya: Leadership, Representation, and Social Change

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University of Wisconsin Pres, 12 лист. 2013 р. - 192 стор.
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In education, journalism, legislative politics, social justice, health, law, and other arenas, Muslim women across Kenya are emerging as leaders in local, national, and international contexts, advancing reforms through their activism. Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya draws on extensive interviews with six such women, revealing how their religious and moral beliefs shape reform movements that bridge ethnic divides and foster alliances in service of creating a just, multicultural, multiethnic, and multireligious democratic citizenship. Mwalim Azara Mudira opened a school of theology for Muslim women. Nazlin Omar Rajput of The Nur magazine was a pioneer in reporting on HIV/AIDS in the Muslim community. Amina Abubakar, host of a women's radio show, has publicly addressed the sensitive subject of sexual crimes against Muslim women. Two women who are members of parliament are creating new socioeconomic and political opportunities for girls and women, within a framework that still embraces traditional values of marriage and motherhood. Examining the interplay of gender, agency, and autonomy, Ousseina D. Alidou shows how these Muslim women have effected change in the home, the school, the mosque, the media, and more—and she illuminates their determination as actors to challenge the oppressive influences of male-dominated power structures. In looking at differences as opportunities rather than obstacles, these women reflect a new sensibility among Muslim women and an effort to redefine the meaning of women's citizenship within their own community of faith and within the nation.
 

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Introduction
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Bi Swafiya MuhashamySaid A Pioneer in Reforming Chuo Madrasa Nursery Curriculum in Kenya and Beyond
33
The Mahad Tradition of Mwalim Azara Mudira Creating a Womans Space for Islamic Education in Kenya
61
Muslim Women Legislators in Minority Status Contributions to Representative Politics
84
Judge Abida AliAroni First Muslim Woman Justice of the Kenya High Court
116
Muslim Women and the Use of New Media Inscribing Their Voices in Rights Discourse
145
Conclusion
171
Glossary
181
Notes
183
References
187
Index
205
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Ousseina D. Alidou is the Director of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and an associate professor in the department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures. She is the author and editor of many books, including Engaging Modernity: Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa.

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