Aversion and Desire: Negotiating Muslim Female Identity in by Shahnaz Khan

By Shahnaz Khan

Shahnaz Khan offers the voices of Muslim ladies on how they build and maintain their Islamic id. Khan interviewed fourteen Muslim ladies approximately their feel of energy, authenticity and position. Her severe research demanding situations the Western belief of Islam as monolithic and static.

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Although modernists were concerned with getting their message across to the people whose conditions their reforms were to affect, they were also interested in challenging the arguments of European Orientalists and in reaching European readers (Davis 1987). Many modernist writers wrote in European languages and published in European countries. Frequently, these elite men did not enjoy popular support in their own countries but were nevertheless able to influence their governments, and people of their own class generally benefited from the effects of reforms they advocated.

Their modes of interaction range from disavowal of Islam to researching and selecting for themselves what they will believe. For the purpose of discussion, in each of the following three chapters I have grouped subsets of the fourteen women in terms of the similarity of their personal confrontation and negotiation with Muslim female identity in Canada. The next section of this book deals with women's self-narrations and their intersections with the category Muslim Women as a form of representational North American practice.

As part of the interview process, Safieh and I had gone out for lunch, and Karima was our waitress. She said that she was a Muslim from Iran, and I asked her if she would be willing to be interviewed about her experiences in Canada. I had originally envisioned an empirical approach and used a questionnaire that posed questions about age, education, and employment experiences (see appendix). As the interviews progressed, I began to see patterns in the women's responses, which led me to devise an interview format more like a conversation.

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