Category: Dossiers

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Dossier 30-31: The Struggle for Secularism in Europe and North America

Edited by Algerian sociologist and WLUML founder, Marieme Hélie-Lucas, this bumper dossier brings you papers by over 15 contributors, including Karima Bennoune: The Law of the Republic Versus the ‘Law of the Brothers’: A story of France’s law banning religious symbols in public; Pragna Patel: Cohesion, Multi-Faithism and the Erosion of Secular Spaces in the UK: Implications for the human rights of...

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Dossier 29: Human Rights & Gender Equality

In addition to the work of multi-national institutions, the theory is that national gender machinery can play an important role in the struggle to protect and promote women’s rights. Catherine Albertyn argues that national machinery for the advancement of women “… consists of structures, mechanisms, and strategies for achieving equality for women as participants, decision...

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Dossier 28: Secularisms

In the context of globally rising extreme right politics justified with reference to religion and rising neo-liberalism’s impact on democratic governance and social inclusion, it is time to discuss secularisms in depth. We use the plural ‘secularisms’ to highlight the fact that we must first explore the multiple understandings and models of ‘secularism’. Some, especially...

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Dossier 27: Muslim Minorities

In some contexts, such as Sri Lanka, women from the minority have been demanding positive reform in the existing separate legal system that is binding upon Muslims and in the Philippines an entire alternative Code has been drafted; in Israel, Arab women’s groups have focused on demanding access to the State Family Court, rather than...

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Dossier 26: Identity Politics

This volume seeks to address issues of concern to women in Muslim countries and communities around the concepts of identity, politics, movements, and alliances. Crucial to identity politics is the fraught question of alliances: all the articles, ultimately, address this question. Introduction by Marieme Hélie-Lucas While more and more rightist political movements – including the...

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Dossier 25

The Dossier explores and synthesizes a broad range of feelings, interpretations and strategies of women on issues of feminism, nationalism, internationalism, and religion. Dossier 25: The Role of the International Community in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Dossier 25: Religion, Politics and Women: The Bangladesh Scenario Dossier 25: Algeria: Morality Militias are Back Dossier 25: Gender and...

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Dossier 23-24

The Dossier is dedicated to a question which comes up again and again in the discussions about women in the Muslim world: the centrality of religion as an analytical concept. Most articles included in this issue discuss, under one form or another the right to define oneself as secular vs a “natural” religious identity, and...

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Dossier 22

History is replete with examples of use of religion for social-political mobilization and for community control. The backdrop for this Dossier reflects processes leading sociological Muslims to becoming institutionalised subjects of organised Islamic nation states, communities and families. Introduction As we prepared to wrap up this issue we were struck with the sad news of...

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Dossier 21

Fundamentalist political movements and their onslaught on women have been subject to much debate over the years and have become one of the key concerns of our network. Introduction Fundamentalist political movements and their onslaught on women have been subject to much debate over the years and have become one of the key concerns of...