n Journal for Islamic Studies - Sexing Islamic theology : theorising women's experience and gender through ҅abd-Allah and khalīfah
|Article Title||Sexing Islamic theology : theorising women's experience and gender through ҅abd-Allah and khalīfah|
|© Publisher:||University of Cape Town|
|Journal||Journal for Islamic Studies|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal and 2 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||127 - 150|
This paper explores Muslim religious subjectivities as reflected in two central Islamic ideals, namely, ҅abd-Allah (servant of God) and khalīfah (moral agent). Drawing on the insights provided by Islamic feminists, we bring their theological views on ҅abd-Allah and khalīfah into conversation with issues of sexuality and sexual praxis in the lives of contemporary South African Muslim women. By paying particular attention to the various ways in which South African Muslim women navigate the God/believer relationship as part of sexual decision-making, this paper problematises the ambiguities that mark religious discourses on sex for the cultivation and fulfilment of the roles of ҅abd-Allah and khalīfah.
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