Female Filmmakers and Muslim Women in Cinema ~ The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender

Very honored to be invited to write an essay for The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender edited by Justine Howe.

My contribution is titled “Female Filmmakers and Muslim Women in Cinema” (Updated). Here is the abstract:

This essay explores how we can come to construct a global appreciation of the cinematic lives of Muslim women, both in terms of representation and as filmmakers themselves. Here, I delineate some methodological challenges and future possibilities for doing research on Muslim women and film. Then I outline thematic patterns related to Muslim women in film images and film production. Next, I model an interpretive strategy that revolves around national and regional contexts, through a brief introduction to Muslim women, both in front of the camera and behind it, in Southeast Asian cinemas. Finally, I offer a theoretical framework for approaching “transnational” cinema, which disrupts analysis of cinema in easily recognizable categories, such as national, regional, or ethnic. Altogether, the goal is not to be comprehensive in regional film analysis but rather chart a terrain and prompt further exploration in global cinema.

The rest of the volume looks amazing. Due out at the end of 2020.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Assessing the Field of Islam and Gender

Part I. Foundational Texts in Historical and Contemporary Contexts

Chapter 1. Classical Qurʾanic Exegesis and Women

Hadia Mubarak

Chapter 2. Sex and Marriage in Early Islamic Law

Carolyn Baugh

Chapter 3. Islamic Gender Ethics: Traditional Discourses, Critiques, and New Frameworks of Inclusivity

Zahra Ayubi

Chapter 4. Muslima Theology

Jerusha Tanner Rhodes

Chapter 5. Paradigm Shifts and Transformative Scholarship: The Intellectual Impact of Women’s Scholarly Works in Damascus in the late Twentieth Century

Feryal Salem

Part II. Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Difference

Chapter 6. Applying Gender and Queer Theory to Pre-Modern Sources

Ash Geissinger

Chapter 7. Intersex in pre-modern Islamic medicine, law, and activism

Indira Gesink

Chapter 8. Sexuality and human rights: Actors & Factors

Anissa Helie

Chapter 9. Mixité, Gender Difference, and the Politics of Islam in France After the Headscarf Ban

Kirsten Wesselhoeft

Part III. Gendered Authority and Piety

Chapter 10. Gendering the Divine: Women, Femininity, and Queer Identities on the Sufi Path

Merin Shobhana Xavier

Chapter 11. Gender and the Karbala Paradigm: On Studying Contemporary Shi‘i Women

Edith Szanto

Chapter 12. The Stabilization of Gender in Zakat: The Margin of Freedom and the Politics of Care

Danielle Widmann Abraham

Chapter 13. Muslim Chaplaincy and Female Religious Authority in North America

Sajida Jalalzai

Chapter 14. Malama Ta Ce!: Women Preachers, Audiovisual Media and the Construction of Religious Authority in Niamey, Niger

Abdoulaye Sounaye

Part IV. Political and Religious Displacements

Chapter 15. Gender, Muslims, Islam, and Colonial India

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

Chapter 16. Islam and Gender on the Swahili Coast of East Africa

Nathaniel Mathews

Chapter 17. Mujahidun, Mujahidat: Balancing Gender in the Struggle of Jihadi-Salafis

Nathan French

Chapter 18. Modelling Exile: Syrian Women Gather to Discuss Prophetic Examples in Jordan

Sarah Tobin

Part V. Negotiating Law, Ethics, and Normativity

Chapter 19. Transgressing the Boundaries: Zina and Legal Accommodation in the Premodern Maghrib

Rosemary Admiral

Chapter 20. Women and Islamic law: from colonialist feminism to decoloniality

Lena Salaymeh

Chapter 21. Gender and Islamic Law: From Polemics to Feminist Ethics

Fatima Seedat

Chapter 22. Human Rights, Gender, and the State: Islamic Perspectives

Shannon Dunn

Part VI. Vulnerability, Care, and Violence in Muslim Families

Chapter 23. Two ‘Quiet’ Reproductive Revolutions: Islam, Gender, and (In)Fertility

Marcia C. Inhorn

Chapter 24 Aging and the Elderly: Diminishing Family Care Systems and Need for Alternatives

Mary Elaine Hegland

Chapter 25. Domestic Violence and US Muslim Communities: Negotiating Advocacy, Vulnerability, and Gender Norms

Juliane Hammer

Chapter 26. #Voiceout: Sufi Hardcore Activism in the Lion City

Sophia Arjana

Part VII. Representation, Commodification, Popular Culture

Chapter 27. Hijab, Islamic Fashion, and Modest Clothing: Hybrids of Modernity and Religious Commodity

Faegheh Shirazi

Chapter 28. Constructing the Muslim Woman in Advertising

Kayla Renée Wheeler

Chapter 29. French Muslim Women’s Clothes: The Secular State’s Religious War against Racialised Women

Shabana Mir

Chapter 30. Female Filmmakers and Muslim Women in Cinema

Kristian Petersen

Chapter 31. Gender, Race, and American Islamophobia

Megan Goodwin

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