Remobilizing Religion in Utopian Studies: A View from a Feminist Literary and Historical Scholar of Utopia

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Abstract

This article explores how factors such as gender and cross-religious communication frame and yield utopian perspectives in Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s literature and practice as educator and feminist. The article makes the case that Hossain’s body of work envisions utopia in complex, many-layered ways. Early in her creative career, as a member of the Muslim youth herself, Hossain created gender-just utopian visions that also embedded cross-religious dialogue and cooperation. She later became an educator, inspiring youth, particularly Muslim girls and young women, with utopian ideas and practices. The article concludes that analyzing Hossain’s writing in utopian frames, as well as examining her writing and work through Ruth Levitas’s approach to utopia as method, helps to explain Hossain’s inclusion of religion and spirituality in her oeuvre.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-211
Number of pages12
JournalReligion and Society: Advances in Research
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • education
  • feminist activist
  • religion
  • South Asia
  • utopia

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