chapter  4
Toward a Reconfiguration of the Category “Muslim Women”
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Given my comments in the previous chapter, a question that we could well ask ourselves is: What might the beginnings of a nonapologetical treatment of Muslim women look like? To begin this rethinking, the present chapter offers an account that tries to nuance the neat and reified distinctions made by the likes of John Esposito, in which we encounter unhelpful signifiers such as “religion” and “culture” that he (and others) conveniently separate from one another in the service of a liberal theological framework. Working on the assumption that the diversity exhibited in the historical record is the best antidote to essentialism, this chapter examines diachronically how the category “Muslim women” has been manufactured and contested.