Islam and gender on the Swahili coast of East Africa

Authored by: Nathaniel Mathews

The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9780815367772
eBook ISBN: 9781351256568
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This chapter historicizes Muslim gender attitudes on the east coast of Africa, from their multiple origins and their transformations, through slavery, abolition, and colonialism. It argues that modern anxieties of control over women’s bodies are a new product of broader social and structural anxieties, rather than a return to an authentic and traditional Muslim religiosity.

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