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More Than Dawud and Jalut

Jeanne P. Baptiste

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: https://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813060132.003.0012
More Than Dawud and Jalut

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In this chapter, Jeanne P. Baptiste brings into view critically—as actors rather than as spectacle—Muslim men and Muslim women in a non-Muslim country to examine the ambiguous and ambivalent relationship that may arise between a Muslim community and a non-Muslim nation-state as a result of the racializing, gendering, and criminalising of that particular Muslim identity. Drawing upon contemporary feminist, race, and Islamic discourses and five years of ethnographic research—specifically, participant observation, structured and semi-structured interviews, and informal discussions with about sixty subjects at a mosque in northwest Trinidad--Baptiste explores the construction of a postcolonial Muslim identity called Muslimeenism and the gender relations and practices among this particular Muslimeen community that coalesce in a politics of pious sexuality.

Keywords: Muslimeen; postcolonial; nation; race; criminalization; gender; Trinidad and Tobago; sexuality

Chapter.  10603 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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