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18. Sociology

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The study of women and gender in Islamic contexts is relatively new in sociology, and it reflects very significant changes in the discipline, including increasing interest in globalization and transnational processes, as well as greater attention to culture, religion, and meaning. The early efforts have helped to spark the research of a new generation of sociologists interested in women in Muslim contexts. Among the primary, though often overlapping, areas of study in this chapter are Muslim immigration to the West; social movements and civil society (including Islamist and feminist movements); the state and/or nationalism; and economic life and development (including work). The ongoing controversies over Muslim women's agency and religious subjectivity would be enhanced by more contributions from sociologists, and the outcome of such discussions might also be beneficial for sociological theory more generally.

Keywords: gender; Islamic belief; Muslim immigration; Muslim women; nationalism; religious subjectivity; sociology



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