By Fazila Bhimji (auth.)
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Using data drawn from participant observation and interviews of 25 British Muslim women in mosques and faith centres in two major cities in Northern England, I argue that the spaces in which the women participate allow them to assert various positionalities, as well as agency as they collectively search to comprehend Islam. This chapter demonstrates that in traversing these religious spheres, women transform them from male-dominated sites to spaces wherein feminine, political and cosmopolitan identities are expressed.
In doing so, the chapter shows that second generation South Asian Muslim women come across as social actors rather than passive victims and/or a menace to an imagined homogeneous and essentialized British society. The analyses presented in this chapter draw on some contemporary events which led to increased coverage of British Asian Muslim women from 2006 to 2011. In addition, this chapter discusses Introduction 31 some of the representations of visual imageries of British Asian Muslim women in the print media.
Chapter 6 explores participation of British South Asian Muslim women in a speciﬁc context, such as an Islamic online community based in Britain and in Islamic discussion forums and magazines. This chapter shows how the female participants enact a pan-Islamic and more youthful identity, rather than a nationalistic or regional identity, through a variety of linguistic and semiotic devices. I demonstrate that these young women argue and debate with other online participants about differing perspectives and the depictions of Islam in the media as well as current politics.
British Asian Muslim Women, Multiple Spatialities and Cosmopolitanism by Fazila Bhimji (auth.)