Countering feminism: transnational Islamic women organizations
This project studies emerging transnational networks of Islamic women organizations in the Arab-Muslim world and their opposition to feminism.
About the project
There is an emerging phenomenon of transnational Islamic women organizations in the Arab-Muslim world. They are characterized by an opposition against both what they perceive as feminism and westernization and a global pro-activeness that seek to produce emancipatory projects for women that go beyond Islamicate societies.
While the transnational Islamic women organizations resist so-called westernization and globalization by evoking a localized Islamic culture, they too seek to represent global projects for women.
This study will explore in what ways anti-feminism is employed as an analytical, methodological and practical tool to construct and deconstruct knowledge production of Islamicate societies and how anti-feminism relates to international discourses and conventions on women.
Exploring the historical genealogy and the contemporary discourse and praxis of women activists and organizations that advocate for an anti-feminist approach, this project will look into:
- the relationship that their anti-feminist paradigm has with their feminist counterparts, marked by proximity, ambiguity and opposition;
- the emancipatory project that the anti-feminist paradigm espouses on gender issues;
- the institutionalization processes of anti-feminist organizations and their transnational networks; and
- the specific activities that these organizations engage in to impact UN and EU initiatives, both within the UN and locally in their own societies.
- The American University in Cairo, Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology (SEA)
- University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages