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This is the introductory chapter of the book Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches: 2003-2013. It outlines the capacious vision of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC), and proposes an analysis of the issues and insights gained from compiling a "disciplinary" volume in the second decade of the 21st century. The chapter considers the vision of the EWIC Project since 2007, a vision which has taken the form of EWIC Online and the EWIC Public Outreach Project. The book focuses on the specific findings of the field of demography on women and Islamic cultures. It 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. The book reviews the relationship between Islamic feminist methodologies and queer Islamic hermeneutics.

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



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