Contemporary Islam

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 139–154 | Cite as

The Muslimwoman

  • miriam cookeEmail author


In the 6 years that have elapsed since the events of 9/11 Muslims have become the Other and veiled Muslim women have become their visible representatives. Standing in for their communities, they have attracted international media attention. So intertwined are gender and religion that they have become one. I have coined the term the Muslimwoman to describe this erasure of diversity. Some women reject this label. Others use it to empower themselves and even to subvert the identification. In the process they are constructing a new kind of cosmopolitanism. This essay asks how women can derive agency from an ascribed identity that posits their invisibility and silence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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