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Engendering Faith

Contact person: Anne Sofie Roald
Responsible: Anne Sofie Roald
Funding: Norges Forskningsråd
Timeframe: 2011-04-04 -- 2011-12-31
Research profile: Migrationsprofilen
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Culture and Society, Global Political Studies
Subject: Humaniora och religionsvetenskap

My research, mainly in Palestinian refugee camps but also among Muslim women in general on the West Bank and in Jordan, deals with mapping the variety of Islamic groups and exploring how women relate to them. The refugee experience is a significant factor of Palestinian identity, and camp life entails a greater degree of insecurity, deprivation, and dependency (e.g. on organisations like UNRWA) compared to the rest of society.

The study will look into the variety of ways in which Islam is used to empower women in these camps, both in relation to the domestic sphere and public space. In addition, the study will focus on how gendered faith is constituted in relation to the mainstream theological concepts within the various expressions of the Islamic Revival. This point opens up for an investigating into alternative female and feminist perceptions and interpretations of the religious texts – e.g. the Quran and the Hadith. 

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