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<i>Harbingers of Change?</i>

in Secularizing Islamists?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226384689
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226384702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226384702.003.0005
Harbingers of Change?

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This chapter emphasizes the significant role that women play within the Islamist groups. Both Jama'at-e-Islami and the Jama'at-ud-Da'wa have very committed women activists. The chapter addresses the existing limitations of social theory in conceptualizing religious belief, and then employs the aspects of secularization theory that deal primarily with the rationalization of belief. The data demonstrate that women are changing Islamist parties from within, opening up new spaces for questions and contestations, even as they continue to give centrality to belief in their lives. Thus, belief plays in their decision making. Finally, the chapter reports Max Weber's reading of the Protestant challenge to Catholicism and of the rise of capitalism. Weber was one of the key influences in the sociology of religion and theories of secularization.

Keywords: Jama'at-e-Islami; Jama'at-ud-Da'wa; Islamist parties; social theory; religious belief; women activists; Max Weber

Chapter.  11861 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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