The Colonial–Religious Institutional Contract: Muslim Women Activists in Israel

Nahed Ashqar-Sharary, Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder

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This study examines the growth of a progressive religious Muslim activism among Palestinian women in Israel and the challenges it poses to the religious patriarchy and colonial power structures. Based on semistructured interviews with a religious feminist organization’s activists, the study revealed that feminist Islamic activism addresses an alliance between state officials and patriarchal–religious establishment gatekeepers that interlock to block Muslim feminist reform. Unlike other Muslim activists in former settler colonial states where state and religion are separate and unlike progressive Muslim women in Muslim states who struggle to escape the religious–patriarchal trap, in Israel, these activists face a religious–colonial–patriarchal trap.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Politics
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020


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