'Lahoucine Ouzgane has collated a powerful and impressive collection of essays, making an important and timely contribution to our understanding of men and masculinities. In an age when the complex relationship between Islam and gender has never been more critical, and yet never more susceptible to myth, Islamic Masculinities not only challenges prevalent stereotypes about Muslim men and women, but provides compelling insights into the dynamics of masculine identity construction.'
Stephen Whitehead, author of Men and Masculinities: Key themes and new directions
'We have waited a long time for a book on Muslim men and Islamic Masculinities and now we have one. Lahoucine Ouzgane's timely collection covers the key debates about men and masculinity and includes discussion of violence, sexuality, spirituality and power.'
Robert Morrell, School of Education, Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal
''Gender problems and gender justice concern men as intimately as they concern women. In recent years, studies of men and masculinities have developed rapidly around the world. Islamic Masculinities is a valuable contribution to this new branch of social science. It is also a challenge.'
R.W.Connell, University Professor at the University of Sydney
'The wide-ranging and ground-breaking essays included in Ouzgane's thoughtful collection unequivocally demonstrate the diverse and suggestive complexity of both concepts and practices of Islamic masculinities, sexualities, and gender.'
Mary Layoun, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin
'This new ensemble of well informed essays, which aims to analyse the construction of masculinity within particular social and historical contexts, is welcome. The volume will be more useful for the many researchers in the field of gender studies who are not familiar with Arab-Islamic culture.'
Frederic Lagrange, Universite de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris iv)
'This wide-ranging collection of essays provides a diverse commentary on Islamic gender issues, illuminative within specific frameworks of contemplation...Numerous qualities of Islamic masculinity are viewed and benefit from contrast to, and comparison with, Islamic femininity and Western thought...This collection of work therefore combines many differing and insightful elements of Islamic masculinity, setting them within Islamic religious, social and military contexts and locating them within the ongoing discourse between the Islamic and non-Islamic world.'
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