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.
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.