De-Universalising Male Normativity: Feminist Methodologies for Studying Masculinity in Premodern Islamic Ethics Texts

Abstract Historically, texts of the Islamic intellectual tradition characterised the ideal Muslim by exclusively referring to men and their concerns. Only recently have scholars of Islam begun to engage in critical study of the category of masculinity. This essay focuses on theories and methodologie...

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Published in:Journal of Islamic ethics
Main Author: Ayubi, Zahra
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2020
In:Journal of Islamic ethics
Year: 2020, Volume: 4, Issue: 1/2, Pages: 66-97
Further subjects:B Masculinity
B gender ethics
B Feminism
B non-binary gender
B manhood
B Islamic ethics
B muruwwa
B theory and method
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Summary:Abstract Historically, texts of the Islamic intellectual tradition characterised the ideal Muslim by exclusively referring to men and their concerns. Only recently have scholars of Islam begun to engage in critical study of the category of masculinity. This essay focuses on theories and methodologies of studying masculinity and manhood in premodern Islamic ethics. I demonstrate the gains to be made from gender-critical study of masculinity by way of consolidating approaches scholars have taken and arguing for feminist reasons and methodologies for unpacking male normativity. Because premodern Islamic ethics texts across multiple genres of the scriptural and intellectual tradition presume male readers and subjects, we must take male normativity, the assumption that Muslim ethics is for men, male bodies and practiced by persons marked by maleness, as our critical starting point.
ISSN:2468-5542
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of Islamic ethics
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/24685542-12340044