I have deep and genuine interest in religions, especially Islam. I am also very interested in learning about Muslim women, particularly those in the Cyberspace. I wish to explore how Muslim feminists understand Islam, and negotiate their religious rights and duties on the Internet.
No formal academic research has been done in the area of how contemporary Muslim feminists are using the Internet to understand Islam. Therefore, this study would be an original contribution in the area of modern Islamic studies in the era of the World Wide Web. The research would be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about modern Muslim women, Islamic feminism in the age of the Internet, and Western Muslim women in the Blogosphere.
In short, Herring (in Religion and Cyberspace, 2005, 149) observed that today there is an increased interest in ‘contextual theology’ which is not about God but the context in which people are ‘engaging with God, and the thinking that occurs as a result of the particular characteristics of the context.’ The context of theology maybe small like in the case of a community theology such as Muslim feminism. My research is not a study of systematic or natural theology, but it is a study of contextual theology and Islam-oriented activism so that contemporary Islamic Studies can “develop an awareness of this milieu” (Bunt, iMuslims, 2009, p. 24).
The research will mainly aim on understanding how women who identify themselves as Muslim as well as feminists use Web 2.0 to understand and learn about Islam. I will seek your permission before interviewing you and using your email-based interview statements, but please note that if you comment on this blog or participate on my Muslim Feminists Facebook Page – both of which are open online spaces, I can use your statements without seeking explicit permission first. If you have a problem with me using your comments in my research please let me know.
If you would like to learn more about my research in terms of research design and methodology, please use the contact form page to email me and I’d be happy to reply to you.
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