South Africa’s Open Mosque : Media, Feminist Critiques and “Unopen” Mosques.

Praying at Masjid ul Islam, Johannesburg.

The past month has been controversy ridden for the South African Muslim community, as news of the inauguration of the ‘Open Mosque’ in Cape Town has forced Muslims to tackle issues of gender equality, sexual orientation and religious freedom.Community radio stations, national broadcasters, newspapers and social media have been abuzz with news of the Open Mosque, covering everything from the protests and backlash against such an idea and death threats against the founder, to the alleged clo … [Read more...]

Book Review – Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn Arabi, Gender, and Sexuality

Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn Arabi, Gender, and Sexuality.

This review was originally published at Muslim Views.Research in the areas of Islamic and Gender Studies often overlap when it comes to the question of women in the Islamic spiritual tradition. What does Sufism offer to men and women seeking out paths of equality and egalitarianism? How does maleness or femaleness influence spirituality, and is the notion of the un-gendered soul a tenable one in the context of a hyper-gendered legal tradition? Is it possible to go beyond socially instituted … [Read more...]


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