AbstractAlthough the promotion of womenâ€™s rights is often seen as a â€˜secular enterpriseâ€™, efforts to incorporate religion within gender-related advocacy are growing. Muslim faith-based organisations (FBOs) are also being encouraged to engage in gender-related projects because of their supposed â€˜comparative advantageâ€™ in Muslim communities. This article critically analyses the efforts made by development agencies and womenâ€™s organisations to promote womenâ€™s rights within an Islamic framework or with the involvement of religious leaders. It then explores the possibilities and dangers of such approaches with a particular reference to Muslim FBOs.
Islam; gender; womenâ€™s rights; FBOs; religion; Muslim communities