Women's Islamic activism in Burkina Faso : toward renegotiated social norms

Authors: Gomez-Perez, Muriel
Abstract: Recent studies have described the active participation of women in local associations as well as in public and national debates about secularism, the Family code, and women’s rights within Islam. In this article, I explore how female preachers have claimed a new role for women within Islam through a better knowledge and understanding of Islamic texts. In doing so, these women drew on modernist speeches made by men, used the media and aligned themselves with international movements with the aim of claiming a new social identity for their sisters in Islam, establishing greater equality between men and women in the religion, and finding a way of being a good mother and woman while maintaining an independent social position. In fact, these female preachers sought to spark a quiet yet real social revolution in religion by casting a critical and modernist eye on local cultural traditions and Islamic identity.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 22 April 2016
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/15243
This document was published in: Canadian journal of African studies, Vol. 50 (1), 45-63 (2016)
Canadian Association of African Studies
Alternative version: 10.1080/00083968.2015.1116100
Collection:Autres articles publiés

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