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Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia by Azza Basarudin (review)

Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia by Azza... Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 546–48 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3n © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia. By Azza Basarudin. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2016. Softcover: 330pp. Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that advocates for Muslim women’s rights in Malaysia. The NGO works within an Islamic framework, reinterpreting sacred texts through a feminist lens. Members of SIS have been labelled as deviants by Islamic authorities, have had their books banned, received threats and had a fatwa issued against them. Humanizing the Sacred is a richly detailed ethnographic account of this path-breaking organization. Basarudin’s book has two goals. The first is to examine “the possibilities and challenges of translating feminist interpretations of Islam into grounded activism to effect change in social mores and legal codes, and to illuminate how women’s activism within Islam is a space of dissent and of remaking ‘Muslim’ self and identity” (p. 5). The second is to “to explore activism as space for women to transform themselves into political actors and visible women subjects in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia by Azza Basarudin (review)

Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia by Azza Basarudin (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 546–48 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3n © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia. By Azza Basarudin. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2016. Softcover: 330pp. Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that advocates for Muslim women’s rights in Malaysia. The NGO works within an Islamic framework, reinterpreting sacred texts through a feminist lens. Members of SIS have been labelled as deviants by Islamic authorities, have had their books banned, received threats and had a fatwa issued against them. Humanizing the Sacred is a richly detailed ethnographic account of this path-breaking organization. Basarudin’s book has two goals. The first is to examine “the possibilities and challenges of translating feminist interpretations of Islam into grounded activism to effect change in social mores and legal codes, and to illuminate how women’s activism within Islam is a space of dissent and of remaking ‘Muslim’ self and identity” (p. 5). The second is to “to explore activism as space for women to transform themselves into political actors and visible women subjects in the public sphere” (p. 6). The work of SIS in understanding primary sources of Islam, such as the Quran and sunna (practices of the Prophet that include hadith, traditions/ narrations) through a feminist reinterpretation allows for a vision of Islam that is kind, compassionate and compatible with human rights values of equality and justice. This new form of knowledgemaking challenges patriarchal interpreters and traditional religious institutions. This book examines SIS’...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 546–48 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3n © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia. By Azza Basarudin. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2016. Softcover: 330pp. Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that advocates for Muslim women’s rights in Malaysia. The NGO works within an Islamic framework, reinterpreting sacred texts through a feminist lens. Members of SIS have been labelled as deviants by Islamic authorities, have had their books banned, received threats and had a fatwa issued against them. Humanizing the Sacred is a richly detailed ethnographic account of this path-breaking organization. Basarudin’s book has two goals. The first is to examine “the possibilities and challenges of translating feminist interpretations of Islam into grounded activism to effect change in social mores and legal codes, and to illuminate how women’s activism within Islam is a space of dissent and of remaking ‘Muslim’ self and identity” (p. 5). The second is to “to explore activism as space for women to transform themselves into political actors and visible women subjects in

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Feb 4, 2016

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