Being a young Muslim woman in Southern Ghana: intersections of nation, religion and gender

Crossouard, B, Dunne, M, Ananga, E D, Adzahlie-Mensah, V and Adu-Yeboah, C (2021) Being a young Muslim woman in Southern Ghana: intersections of nation, religion and gender. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 39 (3). pp. 497-513. ISSN 0258-9001

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This paper draws upon recent research that explored Muslim youth identity constructions in southern Ghana. At a time when Muslim youth are often demonised and Islam is represented as incompatible with western democratic ideals, the research explored the intersections of nation, religion, ethnicity and gender in identity narratives of female students in high school and higher education in southern Ghana. After describing the Ghanaian socio-historical context, we outline the post-structural and post-colonial theories used to understand key concepts such as identity and youth. We then describe our methodological approach before presenting our intersectional analysis of data from the focus group discussions. This highlights female youths’ deep commitments to nation and religion, the marginalisation of young Muslim females in this Christian-majority context, and finally, the identity tensions articulated by participants between different Islamic traditions. We further show how all of these identity constructions were intersected by gender.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 08:27
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2021 09:00

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