Religions, Volume 12, Issue 1 (January 2021) – 65 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Since the 2011 revolution, many young Egyptians have started to question political, religious, and patriarchal authorities. Among others, this took on open or hidden forms of non-believing, as well as a search for new forms of spirituality. Several women decided to cast off the veil, which is met by fierce reactions and accusations of immorality and non-belief. Whereas for some women, this decision is an expression of religious doubt or a turn to a non-religious worldview, for others it is a way to contest the current piety discourse in a search for a more personal and spiritual connection with God. While the relationship with religion among my interlocutors might differ, they share a common attempt to uncover their “authentic selves”. By unveiling, they express their wish to define their own space and ideas regarding religion, gender, and their bodies. View this paper.
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