Towards a Feminist Debate of Religion-Related Violence in Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

Mohammad Salem AlMostafa

Abstract


This article aims at exploring Kahf’s feminist and intellectual critical position of masculine Islam, fundamentalist Islam, and their agencies that operate within Arab and Arab American societies to engender physical and structural violence against women, and hinder a harmonious relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim people, as reflected in The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. My arguments regarding Kahf’s communication of these forms of Islam will be developed in light of Arab (Muslim) feminists such as Leila Ahmad, Fatima Mernessi, Mai Ghoussoub, among others. Said’s views, in Covering Islam, about Islam in Western consciousness, together with liberal Muslim scholars, such as John Eposito and Amber Hague, will be also consulted in my analysis.

Keywords


Arab (American) Feminism, Masculine Islam, Fundementalism, Structural Violence, segregation, Muslim Women

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/journal.v8i4.1613

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