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Images of the Muslim Woman and the Construction of Muslim Identity: the Essentialist Paradigm


Manea, Elham (2016). Images of the Muslim Woman and the Construction of Muslim Identity: the Essentialist Paradigm. Journal for Religion, Film and Media, 1:91-110.

Abstract

This article argues that much of the postmodern discourse on the Muslim woman and her veil is symptomatic of what I call the “essentialist paradigm”. The world is seen through the prism of a group’s religious/cultural identity and eventually constructs a Muslim identity – and with it an image of the Muslim Woman. The image of the oppressed veiled Muslim Woman and the treatment of a piece of cloth as synonymous with her whole identity and being are products of this paradigm of thought. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines discourse analysis and a case study of the construction of the British Muslim community, this article argues that the essentialist paradigm ignores the context of its subject matter with all its accompanying power structures, political and social factors, and the roles played by both the state and fundamentalist Islam in constructing a Muslim identity and with it the Muslim Woman and her dress code.

Abstract

This article argues that much of the postmodern discourse on the Muslim woman and her veil is symptomatic of what I call the “essentialist paradigm”. The world is seen through the prism of a group’s religious/cultural identity and eventually constructs a Muslim identity – and with it an image of the Muslim Woman. The image of the oppressed veiled Muslim Woman and the treatment of a piece of cloth as synonymous with her whole identity and being are products of this paradigm of thought. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines discourse analysis and a case study of the construction of the British Muslim community, this article argues that the essentialist paradigm ignores the context of its subject matter with all its accompanying power structures, political and social factors, and the roles played by both the state and fundamentalist Islam in constructing a Muslim identity and with it the Muslim Woman and her dress code.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:veil, Islam, group identity, essentialist paradigm, Muslim Woman, British Muslim community
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:02 Dec 2016 07:42
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 10:50
Publisher:Schüren
ISSN:2414-0201
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://unipub.uni-graz.at/download/pdf/1304811?name=Manea%20Elham%20Images%20of%20the%20Muslim%20Woman%20and%20the%20Construction%20of%20Muslim%20Identity

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