This book draws on the stories of female educators and young Muslim women to explore issues of identity, justice and education. Situated against a backdrop of unprecedented Islamophobia and new articulations of ‘White-lash’, this book draws on case study research conducted over a ten-year period and provides insight into the diverse worlds of young Muslim women from education and community contexts in Australia and England. Keddie discusses the ways in which these young women find spaces of agency and empowerment within these contexts and how their passionate and committed educators support them in this endeavour. Useful for researchers and educators who are concerned about Islamophobia and its devastating impacts on Muslim women and girls, this book positions responsibility for changing the oppressions of Islamophobia and gendered Islamophobia with all of us. Such change begins with education. The stories in this book hope to contribute to the change process.
Table of Contents
1. Islamophobia, gender and education 2. Young Muslim women: matters of diversity and agency 3. Supporting Muslim girls at the Clementine Academy: the contentious space of Religious Studies 4. Supporting Muslim girls at Peppermint Grove: religious discourses, gender identity and issues of empowerment 5. Challenging gendered Islamophobia: young Muslim women’s faith-based agency 6. Muslim women supporting Muslim girls: issues of racial and ethnic positioning 7. Supporting and educating young Muslim women
Amanda Keddie is Professor of Education within REDI (Research for Educational Impact) at Deakin University, Australia.