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Title:Muslim women reformers in Africa: the Nigeria case
Author:Olarinmoye, Omobolaji OloladeISNI
Periodical:Afrika Zamani: revue annuelle d'histoire africaine = Annual Journal of African History (ISSN 0850-3079)
Geographic term:Nigeria
women's organizations
Abstract:Using Nigeria as a case study, this article argues that there are different modes of female engagement with Islam and Islamic reform in Africa. Islamic reform is a process of examining and advocating changes in accepted practices and doctrines. Islamic reform in Nigeria has provided women with an opportunity to re-examine Islamic principles that discriminate against them and create a space within which women can pursue issues of empowerment in terms that are acceptable to the principles of Islam as stated in the Koran and free from the influence of traditions that are mostly 'male friendly'. The article focuses on the dynamics and elements of Muslim women's engagement with Islamic reform in Nigeria through an exploration of the discourse of FOMWAN (Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria), one of the largest Muslim women's organizations in Africa, and BAOBAB For Women's Human Rights, an organization which focuses on women's legal rights. It includes a discussion of these organizations' response to the introduction of sharia in Northern Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]