Secular Feminisms and Attitudes Towards Religion in the Context of a West-European Society – Flanders, Belgium

Nella van den Brandt

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Abstract

Ideologies and politics of humanism and secularism in Western Europe historically have a tensioned relationship with religion as well as with feminism and the women's movement. In this article, I aim to demonstrate the multiplicity and complexity of several recent secular feminist responses to increasing religious diversity and the activism of Muslim women in the context of Belgium – a society that is part of postcolonial Europe and is characterized by a specific religious–secular landscape. I argue that the diverging ways in which secular feminists approach Islam and the activism of Muslim women point at a controversy among white secular feminists about religion – that is situated within and reconfiguring the local religious–secular landscape through its (re)constructions of feminist secularities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Volume44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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