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Claiming Autonomy through Agency in a Patriarchal Structure

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The Experiences of Muslim Women in Marital Relationships in Ghana

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The Muslim marriage in Ghana is a hierarchical relationship which entails an authority and a subordinate. Husbands are the authorities while wives are the subordinates. The former has more power while the latter acts on the dictates of the former. Such is the structure of Muslim marriages at least at the theoretical level. Husbands are superior and wives are subordinates. However being subordinate does not imply one loses one’s capacity to act and decide for one’s own being. In this paper I would show through empirical research that the supposed subordinate and subservient Muslim wife alters the strand in search of autonomy.

Affiliations: 1: Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies


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