chapter  1
Gender thinking and the system it produces
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This chapter seeks to examine how gender thinking shapes Muslims’ deliberation on gender issues and its cohesive impact on the production of gender system and the constitution of the self. Gender thinking refers to the process of producing and reproducing public perception of the truth of how men and women’s roles are appropriated in the Muslim world. This public perception evolves from the powerful influence of what Muslims consider valid and invalid, acceptable and unacceptable, lovable and hateful, and licit and illicit, as well as other norms as outlined in the Qur’mn, .adåth, and Sharå‘ah and Muslims’ diverse interpretations of them. While Muslims’ expressions of Islam vary and are ingrained into local cultures, they perceive the correct interpretation of the Qur’mn as a thread that runs through all their lives.