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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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More Than Dawud and Jalut

More Than Dawud and Jalut

Decriminalizing the Jamaat al Muslimeen and Madressa in Trinidad

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Islam and the Americas

Jeanne P. Baptiste

University Press of Florida

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

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