Call for Papers

Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures (working title), an Edited Volume
(under contract with the Ashgate Press)
Edited by Gul Ozyegin.

I am seeking essays that address and illuminate issues relating to gender and sexuality in contemporary Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria. This edited volume aims to bring into view a vast array of issues affecting construction of contemporary Muslim identities in a range of nation-states (Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, and Pakistan) and that are shaping the notoriously difficult and slippery designator that is “Islam,” including democratization, war, violence, youth culture, global neoliberalism, and religious nationalism. Continue reading

Call for Papers

Muslim Pilgrimage in Europe
Workshop at the University of Bergen (Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion)
October 3-4, 2013

There has been an increasing interest in pilgrimage and pilgrimage-like traveling during the last decades, both in practical terms and in academic research. Within European pilgrimage, most attention has been given to time-honoured Christian pilgrimage sites and traditions. In spite of Islam’s long history in Europe, very little research has been done on Western-European Muslims’ pilgrimage to Mecca. Nothing much has been written on pilgrimage traditions in the older European Muslim communities in the Baltic, Poland and Finland, and even the Balkans. Continue reading

by Kathleen E. Jenkins for SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

                     Book Review
Islamic Divorce in North America: A Shari’a Path in a Secular Society
by Julie MacFarlane
Oxford University Press, 2012

Julie Macfarlane explores how North American Muslim communities manage marriage and divorce processes. She draws from interviews with 212 Muslims in the United States and Canada, including imams, religious scholars, community leaders, social workers, and divorced men and women. Macfarlane uncovers a dedication to Islamic marriage and divorce practices across ethnic origins, class, and educational backgrounds and focuses on individual interpretations and applications of shari’a law shaped by encounters with Western culture. Continue reading

by AMY ADAMCZYK and BRITTANY E. HAYES for AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW (Religion and Sexual Behaviors: Understanding the Influence of Islamic Cultures and Religious Affiliation for Explaining Sex Outside of Marriage; October 2012 vol. 77 no. 5 723-746)

(Media Abstract) The Arab Spring might indicate a shrinking cultural gulf between Muslim-majority and Western nations, but durable divisions regarding gender and sex behavior are deeply rooted in religious and national foundations.

In a recent study published in the American Sociological Review, sociologists Amy Adamczyk and Brittany Hayes analyzed data on premarital and extramarital sexual behaviors in more than 30 countries around the world. Their data include predominantly Muslim countries as well as countries that contain religious variation, allowing them to discern whether differences in sexual behavior are based on either religious or national-legal contexts, or both. Continue reading