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Title: Religion, citizenship and participation: a case study of immigrant Muslim women in Norwegian mosques
Authors: Nyhagen Predelli, Line
Keywords: Citizenship
Gender regime
Muslim women
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © Sage [published by Sage Publications on behalf of WISE (The European Women's Studies Association)]
Citation: NYHAGEN PREDELLI, L., 2008. Religion, citizenship and participation: a case study of immigrant Muslim women in Norwegian mosques. European Journal of Women's Studies, 15 (3), pp. 241-260.
Abstract: This article analyses the increasing participation of Muslim women in mosques in Norway in light of current discourses on citizenship, gender and migration. It discusses how various processes in the mosques can be interpreted as contradictory and complex by sometimes increasing the participation of women and promoting liberation, while at other times constraining women’s activities through various forms of discipline and control. Women are vital for the building of religious institutions among Muslim immigrant communities, and they are slowly achieving more space in such institutions. They are also being included in new forms of participation in some mosques. Recently, some Muslim women in Norway have made public calls for the reinterpretation of the Qur’an in ways that are more inclusive towards women. Despite pressures from both within and outside the mosques, however, Muslim congregations in Norway can still be described as patriarchal gender regimes where the participation and citizenship of women depends on the willingness of men to include them.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1350506808091506
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/7246
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506808091506
ISSN: 1350-5068
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