Bahamian and Brazilian Muslimahs

Jerusa Ali

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:
Bahamian and Brazilian Muslimahs

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This chapter explores the historical, cultural, and religious dimensions of Muslimah identity in the Bahamas and Brazil. Muslimahs (Muslim women) are constituted within a changing network of power relations including the ideological practices of Islam and the social construction of the ideal Muslimahs. Jerusa Ali presents an overview of the histories and contexts of the growth of Islam and the presence of Muslims in the Bahamas and Brazil from the colonial period to the present day. Narratives of Muslim minority women and an analysis of their struggles for identity and belonging are offered. Ali draws from interviews conducted with Muslim women from Nassau, New Providence, the Bahamas, and São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil. Islam presents as a cultural marker and a boundary to local cultural cohesiveness and, as a world view, it provides the foundation of Muslimah identity and belonging.

Keywords: Muslim identity; Muslim minorities; Islam; Bahamas; Brazil; Muslimah

Chapter.  11490 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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