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Dilemmas of Attachment

Identity and Belonging among Palestinian Christians


Bård Kårtveit

This book offers an ethnographic account of contemporary Christian Palestinian lives in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Through individual life stories, Bård Kårtveit shows how Christians in the District of Bethlehem strive to live meaningful lives. Lives which are shaped by Christian-Muslim relations within the national community, the impact of Israeli presence in the Palestinian Territories, migration and homeland-diaspora relationships, and which are heavily influenced by changes in their local community and traditional family structures.

By situating these stories in the changing political contexts of Palestine, from late Ottoman to Israeli/Palestinian Authority rule, the author engages with these general processes of patriarchal resistance to social change; the role of minorities in nation-building processes; the impact of Western interventions in the region; the rise of political Islam; and the impact of emigration in the Arab World.


Kerstin Rosenow-Williams

Women and Islamic Cultures

Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches: 2003 - 2013

Edited by Suad Joseph, Marilyn L. Booth, Bahar Davary, Hoda El Sadda, Sarah Gualtieri, Vriginia Hooker, Therese Saliba and Elora Shehabuddin

The first decade of the 21st century witnessed an explosion in scholarly and public interest in women and Islamic cultures, globally. From misguided media representations, to politically motivated state manipulations, to agenda-driven Islamist movements, to feminist and international NGO projects – the subject and image of Muslim women has become iconic and riveting. This volume unpacks the representations, motivations, agendas, and projects by focusing on the advances in scholarly research on women and Islamic cultures in the first decade of the 21st century. The editors of the pioneering Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures bring together leading scholars, discipline by discipline, to critically analyze state of the art research on women and Islamic cultures from 2003-2013.

Editors for this volume include Suad Joseph, Marilyn Booth, Bahar Davary, Hoda Elsadda, Sarah Gualtieri, Virginia Hooker, Amira Jarmakani, Therese Saliba, and Elora Shehabuddin.

Contributors include Suad Joseph, Azza Basarudin, Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh, Amira Jarmakani, Sajeda Amin, Kamran Rastegar, Robina Mohammad, Annika Rabo, Ahmed Ragab, Vannessa Hearman, Bahar Davary, Michelle Hartman, Hoda Elsadda, Nerina Rustomji, Amaney Jamal, Vickie Langohr, Hania Sholkamy, Zayn Kassam, Rachel Rinaldo, Samar Habib.

Nella van den Brandt

. Anthropologist Peter van der Veer, for example, has assessed the “ Islam-questie ” (in English: “Islam-issue”) by looking at the historical relationship of the Dutch government to its Muslim colonial subjects in Indonesia, from which he argues that, even today, Muslim migrant and postcolonial communities in the

Suriyah Bi

discrimination against Muslims has been the visibility of Muslim women and the subject of the veil, (both the headscarf [hijab] and the full-face veil, also known as niqab). Muslim women are increasingly feared and seen as the “enemy within” because they are viewed as not conforming the Western ideal of

Renat Bekkin

of Muslim subjects of the Empire and was accountable to the imperial Ministry of Internal Affairs. There is no unity among researchers on the question of whether the muftiate is an exclusively Russian institution or was borrowed from foreign countries. Some researchers are categorical in saying that

Sakina Loukili

interest. 2 The structure of the book reflects the two dimensions of meaning formation when it comes to ‘Muslimness’ in the context of citizenship and secularity. In Chapter 1, Ivanescu introduces the subject and situates her work within the body of academic literature, before moving on to two chapters

Post-Socialist Sufi Revival in Albania

Public Marginality or Spiritual Privatisation?

Gianfranco Bria

1 Introduction In the south-eastern European space, often the subject of discursive speculation, 1 religious affiliation is promoted, used and sometimes usurped to build and demarcate national identity or to legitimise central state and religious power. 2 In this way, political entrepreneurs and

Social Capital as a Lubricant for Exercising Rights

a Case Study of Selected Muslims in North East England

W.A. Amir Zal

resulted in pressure on Muslims to present themselves to others in non-threatening and welcoming ways, despite being subjected to covert and overt discrimination, which they felt in various contexts (Pihlaja and Thompson 2017). For another example, the media was responsible for negative portrayals of the

Uriya Shavit

properly Islamic. 2 As is the case with any text, fatwa s are subject to different interpretations based on their readers’ points of view and, in time, gaps may develop between what they actually say and what people believe they say. Their social impact is determined by several factors, including the