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ERIC Number: EJ1091157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
Exploring Women's "Madrasahs" in South Africa: Implications for the Construction of Muslim Personhood and Religious Literacy
Hoel, Nina
Religious Education, v111 n1 p30-48 2016
Set against the backdrop of a changing pluralistic South African society, this article traces the shifts concerning religion in public education, followed by an examination of the discernible motivations that undergirded the establishment of women's "madrasahs" (Islamic educational institutions). Collectively representing an alternative approach to education by acknowledging and preserving Muslim identity, history, and religiosity, "madrasah" education is also configured through particular understandings of gender and gender relations in Islam. Hence, in this article, I probe the extent to which women's "madrasahs" in South Africa introduce notions of gendered religious literacy and personhood, and whether these are fashioned along traditional gender scripts and ideals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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