The Image and Role of Religiously Educated Women within the Bosnian Islamic Community
Women in Muslim communities all over the world have, because of a patriarchal value system and a male-favorable interpretation of the Quran, been excluded from public life and positions of power, and therefore from all decision-making positions. An image of woman as “not the same as man” and therefore “beneath man” has been portrayed. In this project I wish to analyze what image(s) or idea of woman the Islamic Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the largest Muslim community in the region, promotes in/through its institutions and organs. I wish to do this through textual analysis of different documents written and published by the IC and by interviewing female students at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences, which is the main contributor of educated personnel to the IC. Through textual analysis I wish to examine what “gender-message” the IC sends to male and female believers and employees. The goal is to find out what position/role the religiously educated woman has within the religious life/practice. Through the interviews I wish to see in what image the female theologians and muallimas see themselves. An important question will be the issue of female leadership and women imams.
Associate Professor Anne Hege Grung, Faculty of Theology.
Doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Theology