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Perceptions of Self, Power, & Gender Among Muslim Women

Narratives from a Rural Community in Bangladesh


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 1-41
  3. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 43-72
  4. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 73-105
  5. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 107-148
  6. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 149-183
  7. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 185-229
  8. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 231-276
  9. Sarwar Alam
    Pages 277-282
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 283-288

About this book


This book analyzes perceptions of self, power, agency, and gender of Muslim women in a rural community of Bangladesh. Rural women’s limited power and agency has been subsumed within the male dominated Islamic discourses on gender. However, many Muslim women have their own alternative discourses surrounding power and agency. Sarwar Alam intertwines an exploration of these power dynamics with reading of the Qur’an and Hadith, and analyzes how Muslim women’s perception of power and gender are linked to their relationship with religion.


bangladesh islam muslim women female empowerment women in southeast asia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.King Fahd Center for Middle East StudiesUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

About the authors

Sarwar Alam is a lecturer at the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies of the University of Arkansas, USA.

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