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Author Wario, Halkano Abdi
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Publisher Utrecht University Library Open Access Journals (Publishing Services)
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Date Created 2015-10-12
Copyright Year ©2012
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) HQ1101-2030.7
Subject Keyword Woman ♦ Gender ♦ Social Sciences ♦ Marriage ♦ Non-ūlama men ♦ Feminism ♦ The family ♦ Jamā‛at ♦ Tablīghī masculinity ♦ Women
Abstract Tablīghī Jamā‛at, a pietistic movement run by laypeople that originated in India is currently the most widespread Muslim missionary group worldwide. It is essentially men-oriented in terms of its main target for proselytization and organization. Spaces of proselytization are mosques, sacred spaces frequented by men, and the home, a place of reinforcement of ‘lifestyle evangelism’ dominated by women. The group has been described as anti-intellectualist, apolitical, docile, otherworldly, and a front for militant groups. Based on recent ethnographic research in northern Kenya, the paper explores two main thematic questions: What does it take to be a Tablīghī man? Does emerging Tablīghī masculinity embolden or reconfigure gender/patriarchal relations? The paper posits that the movement provides social mobility for non-‘ulamā men in an alternative religious hierarchy but also lays the foundation for the emergence of a transnational practice of Islamic masculinity that appropriates the different local versions of being and becoming a man.
ISSN 18785417
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2012-04-01
e-ISSN 18785417
Journal Religion and Gender
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 2
Page Count 23
Starting Page 231
Ending Page 253


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