Islamist Women's Agency and Relational Autonomy

Hypatia 33 (2):195-215 (2018)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Mainstream conceptions of autonomy have been surreptitiously gender-specific and masculinist. Feminist philosophers have reclaimed autonomy as a feminist value, while retaining its core ideal as self-government, by reconceptualizing it as “relational autonomy.” This article examines whether feminist theories of relational autonomy can adequately illuminate the agency of Islamist women who defend their nonliberal religious values and practices and assiduously attempt to enact them in their daily lives. I focus on two notable feminist theories of relational autonomy advanced by Marina Oshana and Andrea Westlund and apply them to the case of Women's Mosque Movement participants in Egypt. I argue that feminist conceptions of relational autonomy, centered around the ideal of self-government, cannot elucidate the agency of Women's Mosque Movement participants whose normative ideal involves perfecting their moral capacity.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
HERIWA
Revision history
First archival date: 2018-05-19
Latest version: 2 (2018-05-19)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Women and Human Development.Nussbaum, Martha C.
Sources of the Self.Wood, Allen W. & Taylor, Charles
Free Agency.Watson, Gary

View all 25 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2018-02-27

Total views
54 ( #32,948 of 42,124 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
15 ( #31,625 of 42,124 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.