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We are Agents, Not Passive Victims: The Role of Muslim Feminist Scholars in Peace building and Security in Northern Nigeria 1980-2018

Written by *1M. Tukur and 2P. Khanakwa
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*1M. Tukur and 2P. Khanakwa

1Department of History and Security Studies

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina Nigeria

PhD Fellow, Gerda-Henkel Stiftung, Makerere University Kampala

2Department of History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Makerere University, Kampala Uganda; +256 772 442530: +256708947854, +2348032979055

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For more than three decades, studies on patriarchal domination of women have quelled the oppressive masculinity. There is a shift of prototype, where some Muslim women scholars of Islam in Northern Nigeria are now changing the narratives of confinement to public discourse of their feminine roles in peace building and security. Some of these Muslim women combine both Islamic and western (formal) education in their peace building and security activities.  The surge in Islamic knowledge production, has led to many of them to assume the position of intellectual Islamic scholars with religious authority, and leadership in Northern Nigeria. They use their intellectual and scholarly knowledge in building bridges of peace and security in a context characterized by Boko haram insurgency, banditry and abductions, and matrimonial conflicts among couples. This paper explores the feminine roles and contributions of Muslim women scholars of Islam in peace building and security through their religious roles and leadership.  This paper uses gender and development framework to show that Muslim women have developed a network of change in the patriarchal popularization and dominance in Northern Nigeria. The paper found out that Muslim women scholars in northern Nigeria have attempted to demystify the assertion of Islamic patriarchal dominance through scholarly analysis and intellectual discourse of Islamic knowledge production.

Keywords: Islamic Feminism, matrimonial conflict, Muslim women, peace building, religious organization, religious leadership

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