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Islam, Women and Citizenship

This article rejects the notion of a sharp distinction between the Muslim
and Western Worlds, and of the incompatibility between Islam and
modernity by looking at the fundamental social and demographic
changes that have occurred in Muslim societies due to their modernization.
It highlights the impact of change on the lives of women, and
the appropriation by the latter of the behaviour and values of world
modernity, despite of religious precepts. In front of those – either the
state authorities or their Islamic opponents – who use Islam in order to
justify sexual discrimination and to comfort the patriarchal system and
male domination, women refuse to accept any divine justifications for
man-made action, and turn to the same religion to challenge gendered
social relations and claim their full citizenship rights. The protest movements
of women, who have become important political stakes, are contributing
to the emergence of a democratic system, whose prerequisite
is the separation between the religious and the political spheres.


Référence électonique : Azadeh KIAN-THIÉBAUT, "Islam, Women and Citizenship", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°104, 104 - Islam et démocratie, p.71-84 . Consulté le 2020-08-12 21:07:17 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Islam-Women-and-Citizenship.html