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Title: Women, piety and practice: A study of women and religious practice in Malaysia
Authors: Tong, J.K.-C.
Turner, B.S. 
Keywords: Globalization
Religious worth
Rituals of intimacy
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Citation: Tong, J.K.-C., Turner, B.S. (2008-03). Women, piety and practice: A study of women and religious practice in Malaysia. Contemporary Islam 2 (1) : 41-59. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: While the definition of religion in sociology has been highly contentious, we define religion in this article as simply the acts of piety that are conducted within the religious sphere. The point of this definition is to draw attention to practice and away from belief. This approach to religion appears to be especially useful in the case of contemporary Islam, where female piety has become a significant aspect of religious renewal. The idea of a religious sphere is taken from the work of Luc Boltanski and his colleagues who have coined the expression 'the inspirational city'. Religion thus consists of acts of piety within the inspirational city, where this space is seen to be in tension with the secular city. The measurement of piety in everyday life sharply differentiates the profane world from religion. These ideas are explored in this article through qualitative data that are drawn from a small sample of pious women in contemporary Malaysia. We explore three aspects of female piety: veiling, polygamy and child-rearing. The article attempts to understand the terms in which piety is measured within the broader context of the Islamization of public life in Malaysia. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007.
Source Title: Contemporary Islam
ISSN: 18720218
DOI: 10.1007/s11562-007-0038-3
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