The role of difference in feminist transnational solidarity: secular Muslim feminists in the United Kingdom and France

Elhinnawy, H. ORCID: 0000-0002-3960-3138, 2023. The role of difference in feminist transnational solidarity: secular Muslim feminists in the United Kingdom and France. International Feminist Journal of Politics. ISSN 1461-6742

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At the centre of this article are two organisations in Britain and France led by secular Muslim feminists involved in challenging religious fundamentalism, questioning existing gender norms, and contesting inequalities within their societies, whilst also confronting the excess of cultural relativism, Islamic exceptionalism and Islamophobia. The contexts through which these women are working unravel complexities, tensions, and conflicts that lock them within frameworks of identity politics making it difficult for them to work jointly or in collaboration with Muslim feminists working from faith-based positions. The motivating question in this article is how can these forms of feminist organising accommodate differences and absorb conflict yet allow for the solidarity necessary for collective action. Drawing on interviews with the leaders of Inspire and Brigade de Mères and building on Clare Hemmings (2012) conceptualisation of affective dissonance: the discrepancy own sense of self and the ways one is perceived by diverse groups, I call for a nuanced understanding of the ways in which Muslim feminists engage both critically and affectively with the discourses they encounter in their everyday lives. Building on the political potential of affective dissonance may help afford a possibility of an ethics of solidarity necessary for political transformation.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Feminist Journal of Politics
Creators: Elhinnawy, H.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 8 June 2023
ISSN: 1461-6742
Rights: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Sep 2023 08:30
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2023 08:30

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