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Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336358

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.001.0001

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Muslim women in contemporary Argentina

Muslim women in contemporary Argentina

(p.135) Seven Muslim women in contemporary Argentina
Women and Religion

Mari-Sol García Somoza

Mayra Soledad Valcarcel

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the discourses, practices, identity constructions, performance, and modes of socialization among Muslim women in contemporary Argentinean society. The main aim is to understand and explain the process of identity building among women professing Islam in Argentina by analysing the ways they articulate and reconstruct their different loci of identity belongings — sex/gender, as well as Arab, Argentinean, and Muslim identities. The chapter delves into the specific modes of religious identity building in Muslim women through the development of careers, enabling comparisons to be drawn between the religious careers of women occupying different positions in the social field. It also describe how Muslim women experience and externalize their religiosity and religious identity, while paying attention to the different types of female agency and the relation they establish between their reinterpretation of Islamic principles.

Keywords:   Muslim women, Argentina, Islam, sex, gender, Arab, Muslim identities, religious identity, female agency

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