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Islamism, Re-Islamisation and the Fashioning of Muslim Selves: Refiguring the Public Sphere

Ismail, Salwa (2007) 'Islamism, Re-Islamisation and the Fashioning of Muslim Selves: Refiguring the Public Sphere.' Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, 4 (1). Article 3.

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Abstract

This article explores the political implications of Muslim public self-presentation and forms of self-fashioning associated with the ongoing processes of re-Islamisation in both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority societies. It sketches how projects of the Muslim public self contribute to a refiguring of the public sphere. The argument put forward is that public practices of self-reform grounded in religion and presented in pietistic terms are political by virtue of being tied to projects of societal reform and because they have a bearing on the public sphere and public space. Proceeding from the premise that the public sphere is not neutral and that the subjectivities inhabiting it are shaped by power relations, the article examines the ways in which projects of Muslim public selves are imbricated in the material conditions of the settings in which they develop and as such are underpinned by dynamics of power and contestation.

Item Type: Articles
Additional Information: © Berkely Electronic Press
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
Copyright Statement: © Berkely Electronic Press
Depositing User: Salwa Ismail
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2008 13:27
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5328

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