Islamic Feminism: transnational and national reflections


  • Mulki Al-Sharmani Academy of Finland Research Fellow and Lecturer, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology, Study of Religion Unit


Feminism, Feminist theology, Women in Islam, Gender, Women, Islam, Egypt, Equality, Qurʼān, Politics and religion, Politics and Islam


This article focuses on contemporary interpretive knowledge projects that engage critically with Islamic religious sciences, and which are driven by the question of gender justice. These projects, which have been loosely termed as Islamic Feminism, are undertaken by Muslim women scholars from different countries who are committed to their religious faith and who are working towards the production of alternative, gender-sensitive religious knowledge. The paper has three aims: 1) to review the contestations about the definition, categorization, goals, and significance of what has been termed Islamic feminism, 2) to provide an alternative description of these knowledge projects and identify some hermeneutical characteristics that link them and which perhaps could be the basis for delineating them as a new field of knowledge, 3) to map out the trajectory of building new religion-based feminist knowledge in Egypt, shedding light on light on current knowledge projects that can be labelled as Islamic feminism.

How to Cite

Al-Sharmani, M. (2014). Islamic Feminism: transnational and national reflections. Approaching Religion, 4(2), 83–94.