Given the intense political scrutiny of Islam and Muslims, which often centre on gendered concerns,The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Genderis an outstanding reference source to key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into seven parts: Foundational Texts in Historical and Contemporary Contexts Sexuality and Sexual Difference Gendered Piety and Authority Political and Religious Displacements Negotiating Law, Ethics, and Normativity Vulnerability, Care, and Violence in Muslim Families Representation, Commodification, and Popular Culture These sections examine key debates and problems, including: feminist and queer approaches to the Qur'an, hadith, Islamic law, and ethics, Sufism, devotional practice, pilgrimage, charity, female religious authority, global politics of feminism, material and consumer culture, masculinity, fertility and the family, sexuality, sexual rights, domestic violence, marriage practices, and gendered representations of Muslims in film and media. The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Genderis essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, Islamic studies and gender studies. The Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as cultural studies, area studies, sociology, anthropology and history.
For many American Muslims, the 9/11 attacks and subsequent War on Terror marked a rise in intense scrutiny of their religious lives and political loyalties. In Suburban Islam, Justine Howe explores the rise of "third spaces," social surroundings that are neither home nor work, created byeducated, middle-class American Muslims in the wake of increased marginalization. Third spaces provide them the context to challenge their exclusion from the American mainstream and to enact visions for American Islam different from those they encounter in their local mosques. Suburban Islam captures the fragile optimism of educated, cosmopolitan American Muslims during the Obama presidency, as they imagined a post-racial, pluralistic, and culturally resonant American Islam. Even as this vision aims to be more inclusive, it also reflects enduring inequalities of race, class, and gender.