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Sectarianism and Confessionalism: United States
(2,081 words)

Women from among the roughly six million Muslims living in the United States represent diverse sectarian, ethnic, cultural, educational and class backgrounds. Thus it is difficult to generalize about one gender structure in Islamic communities, or what constitutes normative roles for women, informing their self-image, religious beliefs and practices, and their relations with men. It is important to distinguish among members of any of the branches or sectarian groups of Islam between those who ar…

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Abisaab, Rula, “Sectarianism and Confessionalism: United States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0143b>
First published online: 2009



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