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Shahin Gerami

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 26: Islamist Masculinity and Muslim Masculinities

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Islamist Masculinity and Muslim Masculinities
Islamist masculinity and muslim masculinities

The terrible conflicts that herd people under falsely unifying rubrics like “America,” “The West” or “Islam” and invent collective identities for large numbers of individuals who are actually quite diverse, cannot remain as potent as they are, and must be opposed. We still have at our disposal the rational interpretive skills that are the legacy of humanistic education, not as a sentimental piety enjoining us to return to traditional values or the classics but as the active practice of worldly secular rational discourse.

—Edward Said (2003, p. 23)

It has become a common mantra to acknowledge the incredible diversity of Islamic cultures, identities, and interpretations. Having said that, we then proceed to identify and analyze commonalities and even ...

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