Submitting To God: Women And Islam In Urban Malaysia
by Frisk, Sylvia
About This Book
In recent decades, Malaysia has been profoundly changed both by forces of globalisation, modernisation and industrialisation and by a strong Islamisation process. Some would argue that the situation of Malay women has worsened but such a conclusion is challenged by this study of the everyday religious practice of pious women within Kuala Lumpur's affluent, Malay middle class.
Here, women play an active part in the Islamisation process not only by heightened personal religiosity but also by organising and participating in public programmes of religious education. By organising new forms of collective ritual and assuming new public roles as religious teachers, these religiously educated women are transforming the traditionally male-dominated gendered space of the mosque and breaking men's monopoly over positions of religious authority. Exploring this situation, the book challenges preconceptions of the nature of Islamisation as well as current theories of female agency and power.
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