Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Janet Bauer

Second Advisor

Mareike Koertner


Islamic Feminism is a developing field that emerged in the 1990’s, arising out of debates surrounding engagement or lack thereof with dominant forms of feminism. Based on research conducted in Jordan in the Fall of 2019 and America in the Spring of 2021, this thesis employs a regional comparison to the emergences of leadership and faith-based gender justice in Islam, and further how this either supports or contests existing gender structures. In these interviews I identify two overarching approaches to Qur’anic interpretation and knowledge production. I labeled the first approach as a normative approach to faith-based gender justice and the second as a non-normative approach. While differing in style, these two approaches provide a critical analysis and understanding to how women seek to establish authority in enacting faith-based gender justice in Islam.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.