chapter  5
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The Transnational and the Politics of Community

This chapter illustrates the emergence of a more transnational identity among Muslim activists, a more pluralistic and dialogical understanding of identity can provide a basis for transcending deficiencies in traditional understandings of national identity. The chapter examines attitudes toward transnational dialogue and networking from localities throughout the Muslim world. As women enter into dialogue with one another as well as with their diverse cultural contexts and the schools of thought that shape them. Though transnationalism is not new to the Islamic experience, the public engagement of Muslim women in transnational networking represents an apparent discontinuity with the Muslim past. Transnationalism becomes not only a means of empowerment, but also a doorway to redefinition of society, of self-identity and of roles within the Islamic community and an emergent global community. The most well-known formal network of transnational activism for women in the Muslim world is women living under Muslim laws (WLUML).