Domestic violence and US Muslim communities

Negotiating advocacy, vulnerability, and gender norms

Authored by: Juliane Hammer

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 provides a sketch of the efforts of US Muslim community advocates and service provider who are dedicated to the eradication of domestic violence in Muslim communities. It considers their efforts in raising awareness of domestic violence, providing services to victims, and education mainstream providers, all in the context of negative representations of their communities and their religious traditions, the complex relationship of the mainstream anti-domestic violence movement with religious traditions, communities, and advocates, as well as a complicated discursive structure of gender norms interlinked with American society, Muslim communities, and intersectional notions of gender, race, religion, and culture.

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