Islamic Masculinities (Global Masculinities) by Lahoucine Ouzgane

By Lahoucine Ouzgane

This cutting edge booklet outlines the good complexity, style and distinction of male identities in Islamic societies. From the Taliban orphanages of Afghanistan to the caf?©s of Morocco, from the event of at infertility clinics in Egypt to that of Iraqi conscripts, it indicates how the masculine gender is developed and negotiated within the Islamic Ummah. It is going a ways past the conventional inspiration that Islamic masculinities are inseparable from the regulate of girls, and indicates how the connection among spirituality and masculinity is skilled particularly another way from the existing Western norms.

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They confessed that they wanted my mother’s body to be washed the same day, but they could not find a female imam because all female imams were on sick leave. No one was able to think straight, which meant that everybody was performing their internalized gender tasks instinctively. The male members were performing the paternal, protective role by being clandestine about my parents’ dead bodies in the morgue. They were acting as a shield against the pain of seeing my parents’ bodies. I was having fits, in an exemplary mode of what Adler called ‘masculine protest’.

Masculinity in Pakistan today has less to do with the visions and teachings of Islam and more with literalism and the pursuit of patriarchal power agendas in the name of Islam. As a consequence of factors involving national and international politics, the last fifty years have seen a sort of ‘modernizing’ of Islam that is actually a ‘masculinization’ to the point of overwhelming its mystical–feminine expressions. Till recently, the latter had traditionally co-existed in what is a culturally and geographically diverse and widespread ‘house of Islam’, including in the sub-continent.

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