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Women and extremism: Contextualizing gender roles in traditional societies

The paper examines manifestations of Islamism in the contemporary world, documenting and analyzing the varying positions these have taken on women’s role in society. It explores the role women have played in conservative, radical and Salafi circles. Examples of the intersection between extremism, driven by a radical understanding of religious texts, and the status of women in society are explored in a variety of Muslim contexts. The paper does not consider extremism attitudes to women in isolation from the wider surrounding in which these have emerged, however. It emphasizes, instead, the need to contextualize radical groups’ attitudes towards women in relation to the cultural and political contexts in which different forms of extremism have emerged. The research paper argues that if new and different approaches to women in the Muslim world are to be developed, there is a need to treat extremism as a product of the politics of the contemporary world. Focusing on the social and political contexts that have shaped extremist attitudes and policies towards women reveals these to be products of history rather than of Islamic tradition.

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26.02.2024

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