Chapter 10. Talking Jihad and Piety: Reformist Exertions among Islamist women in Bangladesh

  1. Filippo Osella Reader2 and
  2. Benjamin Soares Senior Research Fellow3
  1. Maimuna Huq Assistant Professor

Published Online: 20 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324402.ch10

Islam, Politics, Anthropology

Islam, Politics, Anthropology

How to Cite

Huq, M. (2010) Talking Jihad and Piety: Reformist Exertions among Islamist women in Bangladesh, in Islam, Politics, Anthropology (eds F. Osella and B. Soares), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324402.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK

  2. 3

    Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. University of South Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332957

Online ISBN: 9781444324402



  • reformist exertions, among Islamist women in Bangladesh - talking jihad and piety;
  • David Cook's topic of jihad - from a religious-studies perspective, using original Arabic sources;
  • non-stereotypical group of ‘warriors of Allah’ - Bangladesh Islami Chatri Sangstha (BICSa);
  • women in Islamic activism - public-sphere activities of Islamic activist women;
  • women and jihad - women, as enacting jihad - Middle East, engaged in militant resistance to colonizing or occupying non-Muslim forces;
  • jihad-related knowledge among practitioners - and scholarship on women's jihad in South Asia;
  • women's Islamic activism in Bangladesh - local and global life-worlds, by violence, injustice and oppression;
  • Bangladesh, higher education, feminist or woman-centric groups - modern nation-building, difficulties in attaining a middle-class lifestyle;
  • lesser jihad, for every Muslim - non-Muslims, and where Muslims, are not allowed to practise essentials of their faith;
  • individual piety and socio-political activism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Islamic activism in South Asia

  • Women in Islamic activism

  • Women and jihad

  • Islamic reading sessions

  • BICSa, violence, and jihad

  • A BICSa study circle in Dhaka, March 2003

  • Individual piety and socio-political activism

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • Notes

  • References