The historicity of modern stereotypes
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The historicity of modern stereotypes book
The Muslim woman’s story is represented by many voices – the Muslim male scholar, the feminist, the colonial Orientalist, the media and by Muslim women themselves. Often the former voices do not fully grasp the Muslimah’s dual challenge of being both a woman and a Muslim. The question of the authority and authenticity of all of these voices is debatable – which of them have the ‘authority to be authentic’? These diﬀerent voices, authentic or not, create an othering of Muslim women, with one stereotype often strengthening the imagery created by the other. There is a plethora of literature about the Muslim woman – 200 years of
Western scholarly and political writing about Muslim women and centuries of theological writing by Muslim scholars and writers, ever since Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) delivered the message of Islam in Arabia over 1,400 years ago. Here I explore what has been said about Muslim women; how and why it has been said and importantly what eﬀect it has had on the lived realities of Muslim women who live in pluralist Britain. It is not physically possible within the conﬁnes of this book to explore fully all that has been written about Muslim women and so I delve into a selection that indicates the diversity of possible standpoints and views. I discuss this literature under six headings:
1 Male scholars: patriarchal perspectives 2 Male scholars: emancipatory standpoints 3 Muslim women 4 Orientalist commentaries 5 ‘Airport’ literature 6 Feminist texts.