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Albanians’ Islam(s)  

Isa Blumi and Gezim Krasniqi

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
Albanians in the Balkans present a unique socio-political case of how an ‘ethnic’ group’s collective identity is not formed by religion alone. Constituting the majority population in the ... More

Conversion to Islam in Theological and Historical Perspectives  

Marcia Hermansen

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This chapter provides a broad historical overview of processes of conversion to Islam in diverse regions including the Middle East, Africa, South and South East Asia, and the contemporary ... More

“Conversion” to Islam and the Construction of a Pious Self  

Karin van Nieuwkerk

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This chapter develops a theoretical approach in which conversion is understood as a complex contextual experience and long-term process that involves the construction of identities, ... More

Hijab  

Jennifer Selby

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Oct 2014
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Jan 2015
The public visibility of headscarves has become emblematic of broader polemical debates about Islam in Europe. This chapter focuses on veiling in ten Western European countries to consider ... More

Islam  

Asma Barlas

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
This chapter analyses the Qur’an’s position on theology, sexuality, and gender, with the intent of challenging readings of Islam as a patriarchy. It illustrates that missing from Islam’s ... More

Political Islam and Gender  

Margot Badran

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This article examines the impact of political Islam on women and gender issues. It considers the common features of political Islam in Muslim societies across the Middle East and Africa. ... More

‘The World Palpitates’: Globalization and the Religious Faith and Practices of Latin American Women  

Nancy E. Bedford

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
Given the fact that religion and globalization are significantly intertwined, what should we make of the contemporary religious faith and practices of Latin American women? Do religious ... More

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