Methodological Eclecticism: Feminist-Pragmatist Reflections on Re/centering Muslims in Research about Islam

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    For over a decade, researchers have consistently asserted that Muslims in the West are ‘research weary’ (Sangera and Thapar- 8 Bjökert 2008: 544), ‘tired of too much research about them’ (Alvi et al. 2003: p. xv) and are concerned about ‘not being given 9 the opportunity to shape research that is about them (Scott-Baumann et al. 2020). Research on Muslim in Britain and in the 10 West are further complicated by social hierarchies and popular discourses that often position Muslims as the ‘different other’. 11 Working within a feminist-pragmatist epistemological framework this chapter will bring together methodological reflections from a 12 decade of research of Islam and Muslims in the West. It asserts the need for research paradigms that are grounded in partnership 13 and positionality, and which maintain intellectual rigour while also being accountable to the people who are the subjects of research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-45
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Religion
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2021

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    • Muslims
    • methodology
    • feminism
    • gender
    • Islam in Britain


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