Maliha Marri


Leadership by women is by no means a new concept in the Islamic world. In fact, Islamic history is replete with female Muslim leaders. Researcher Badawi (1995) has extrapolated that the obstacles in the path of Muslim female leadership are “cultural practices”, not Islam. Even though it may be hard to do so in an Islamic way, there is actually no proof in the Quran that prohibits Muslim women from assuming leadership roles. Remnant androcentrism continues to be an impediment in the way of Muslim female leadership. Abugideriri has explained that traditionally, Islamic leadership has been gendered, with the males leading communities and the female leadership being relegated to the private sphere or female-oriented issues. Yet, such a dichotomy is not necessarily endorsed by the Quran. Women constitute a significant portion of the population and must participate in politics with their male counterparts at a leveled playing field globally. Dr. Fatima Mernissi, a renowned Moroccan Muslim sc

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Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; Muslim women; Leadership

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Penderghast, Thomas;