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This front matter section of the book Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches: 2003-2013 contains the table of contents and the acknowledgments. The book outlines the vision of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) Project since 2007, a vision which has taken the form of EWIC Online and the EWIC Public Outreach Project. It focuses on the specific findings of the field of demography on women and Islamic cultures. The book discusses the Islamization of knowledge, women and the Qur'an, the changing roles of women as leaders within Muslim communities, resistance to Islamic fundamentalism, the new Orientalism, sexuality and the queering of religious texts. It reviews the literature on birth rates, family planning, abortion, death rates, migration rates, age structure, and marriage structure. The book illustrates the relationship between Islamic feminist methodologies and queer Islamic hermeneutics.

Keywords: EWIC; Islamic feminist methodologies; Islamic fundamentalism; Islamic hermeneutics; Muslim communities; Qur'an; women



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