Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya
Leadership, Representation, and Social Change
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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My deepest gratitude goes to all the Muslim women in Kenya in Mombasaand Nairobi (Jami’a Mosque, Pumwani, Pangani, Parklands) and otherKenyan women and men who welcomed me and contributed to the researchthat led to the writing of this book. The research for this book began as ahumble question as to whether there was a Muslim women’s rights move-...
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Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya: Leadership, Representation, and SocialChange examines the ways in which Kenya Muslim women leaders have beenusing the space opened up by the democratization momentum that began inthe s to bring about important transformations in critical domains ofsociety while also reclaiming their citizenship rights within their communities...
Chapter 1: Bi Swafiya Muhashamy-Said: A Pioneer in Reforming Chuo (Madrasa) Nursery Curriculum in Kenya and Beyond
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Having been subject to British colonialism for decades, the East Africancountries, including Kenya, all inherited the educational system that main-tains a distinction between schools designed for religious training and thosefor the material world. But under the impact of globalization, Muslimwomen educationists in this region are rethinking the question of moder-...
Chapter 2: The Ma’had Tradition of Mwalim Azara Mudira: Creating a Woman’s Space for Islamic Education in Kenya
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This chapter looks at the pioneering work of Mwalim Azara Mudira, whoset a precedent by opening a modern boarding school for advanced Islamictheological training of young Muslim women in Pangani, Nairobi, in the faceof opposition from conservative Muslim walimu and the skepticism of manymembers of the wider Kenya Muslim community. She named her institute...
Chapter 3: Muslim Women Legislators in Minority Status: Contributions to Representative Politics
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Until , the Kenyan legislative body, known as the Parliament or NationalAssembly, had a total of electoral seats that accommodated the electedrepresentatives of the people from constituencies in the country that hadbeen established by the Electoral Commission. Furthermore, it provided for anadditional twelve seats for nominated MPs. These were often used to increase...
Chapter 4: Judge Abida Ali-Aroni: First Muslim Woman Justice of the Kenya High Court
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The increase in the proportion of Muslim women in the Tenth Parliamentwas partly a product of the gains from civic and political struggles for con-stitutional reform in Kenya. As Willy Mutunga () demonstrates in hisinsightful study, these struggles go back to the final years of Daniel arap Moi’spresidency, during which civil society, under the leadership of the National...
Chapter 5: Muslim Women and the Use of New Media: Inscribing Their Voices in Rights Discourse
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The proliferation of private media broadcasting stations, private newspapers,and magazines resulting from democratization processes in most Africancountries has created an outlet for the many voices in various national con-stituencies and has also allowed for ideologically divergent aﬃrmations inMuslim polities. This development in old and new information and com-...
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In this book I oﬀer an examination of the significant ways Kenya Muslimwomen sociopolitical leaders such as the ones discussed here have beenusing the space opened up by the s democratization to bring about trans-formative changes in critical domains of society while also reclaiming theircitizenship rights within their communities of faith and the secular post-...
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Women in Africa and the Diaspora
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Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 41 b/w illus., 6 tables
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Women in Africa and the Diaspora