“Up Against a Wall”

Rhoda Reddock

in Islam and the Americas

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780813060132
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780813050584 | DOI:
“Up Against a Wall”

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In this chapter, Rhoda Reddock analyzes women’s mosque movements globally as a backdrop to a historical exploration of the changing position of women in Islamic religious practice in Trinidad and Tobago during the twentieth and early twenty-first century. With specific emphasis on their use of masjid (mosque) space, t Reddock concludes with three case studies of contemporary negotiations and struggles by women over access to masjid space and the paradoxical way in which restrictions on women’s performance of congregational piety by the new Islamists results in the emergence of a consciousness of resistance and feminist agency within the paradigm of Islam.

Keywords: women; Islam; Islamists; masjid; mosque; Trinidad and Tobago; feminist agency

Chapter.  13304 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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