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Aisha Khan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060132

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060132.001.0001

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Bahamian and Brazilian Muslimahs

Bahamian and Brazilian Muslimahs

Struggle for Identity and Belonging

(p.186) 9 Bahamian and Brazilian Muslimahs
Islam and the Americas

Jerusa Ali

University Press of Florida

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

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