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Beyond Hybridity and FundamentalismEmerging Muslim Identity in Globalized India$
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Tabassum Ruhi Khan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199453610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453610.001.0001

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Muslim Women Negotiating Modernity and Islam

Muslim Women Negotiating Modernity and Islam

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(p.141) 3 Muslim Women Negotiating Modernity and Islam
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Beyond Hybridity and Fundamentalism
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Tabassum Ruhi Khan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453610.003.0004

This chapter examines how imaginations of young Muslim women have become implicated within material and discursive regimes of rising consumerism and have been enhanced by expanding employment opportunities for women. It reflects upon the negotiations that the young women’s new ambitions for self-actualization call for with the traditional Indian Muslim society and how in their position as doubly marginalized subjects they must also contend with iniquitous socio-economic regimes hindering their prospects. It argues that for Muslim women patriarchy is but one power vector intersecting with multiple others, and that their complex negotiations with the patriarchal order to seek an enabling environment for pursuit of their goals points to the inadequacy of frameworks conceptualizing gendered agency only in opposition to patriarchy. The chapter argues that Muslim women’s strategy to eschew confrontation with patriarchal order, while potentially subverting its power through their pursuit of financial independence exemplifies their ‘convoluted modernity’, problematizing binary frameworks of identity.

Keywords:   Muslim women, patriarchy, consumerism, agency, convoluted modernity, reverse Orientalism

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