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Title:Muslim women in Nigeria: the position of 'FOMWAN' and lessons from Islamic Malaysia
Author:Uthman, Ibrahim OlatundeISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Volume:18
Pages:245-265
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:women's organizations
feminism
Islam
Abstract:This paper traces the activism of Muslim women leaders in Nigeria and how Islamic women's organizations in the country represent hope for the improvment of the status of Muslim women. The paper first reviews the origin of Islamic feminism and the activism of women leaders in Nigeria. It then focuses on the example of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), which was formed in 1985 with the aim to restore the position enjoyed by Muslim women during the Sokoto caliphate. It shows that a result of this activism has been an increasing presence of Muslim women in the workforce and in public roles. As Muslim women make leadership inroads into all fields, they are devising approaches to maintaining Islamic decorum. On the one hand, they uphold decent Islamic dressing norms, but on the other hand, they oppose the imposition of the face-veil and other harmful practices such as domestic violence. The paper calls for the adoption of the Malaysian example, which is seen as a model for a modern Islamic State. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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