About Metis’ research

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.

To know more about me, please click here.

9 thoughts on “About Metis’ research

  1. sarah says:

    I hope this includes women who read blogs but dont have one themselves. I will just say that I started reading Muslim women’s blogs when I lived in the UK. I had two children under 2 and they were a real window into the world when I couldn’t get out much and they allowed me to communicate with other women with whom I felt an affiliation without having to leave the home.

    Later I moved to Saudi Arabia and again they helped me over so many hours of being indoors unable to go out due to no driver or being at home alone while my husband travelled or worked late.

    Will your research include this angle – those women who read the bogs and comment but do not necessarily have their own?

  2. Serenity says:

    OMG! I love, love, LOVE that topic! 🙂 That’s one of my academic interests as well, although I haven’t yet conducted on any studies on it. At the moment, I’m only trying to consider some possible sub-topics for Muslim women’s Internet activities.

    You might be interested to know about this book (not yet printed) that I recently heard about. The editor/scholar, Anna Piela of the University of Westminster, has requested that we share information about the book with all who might be interested, so it’s no secret. She’s currently seeking contributors to the book. I think the book is to be titled “Muslim Women Online: Faith and Identity in the Virtual World.” I’m hoping to submit something once I settle on a topic and methodology. More information at: http://westminster.academia.edu/AnnaPiela

    Do share it with others.

    Thanks!

  3. Farah says:

    Assalaumalaikum! This sounds soooo cool! I’ve been looking for Muslim feminists to talk to and share with and gain guidance from, and since I’m such an internet junkie, this is a perfect place to start.
    Jazakallah for your efforts!

  4. Hi!
    I’m also hoping to study the Muslim community in cyberspace! This summer will mark the beginning of my research in earnest (I study anthropology and due to our methods there’s a bit of a division between taking classes and conducting fieldwork) so there are lots of ideas I’m exploring- I was wondering if you’d be willing to bounce ideas off each other?

    • Metis says:

      Hi Mindy! This is so exciting 🙂 Yes, you are most welcome to email me using the form on this blog and we’ll start corresponding right away! Good luck!

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