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How YouTube made the hijab cool : race, gender, and authority in the American ummah

Author: Kayla Renée Wheeler; Richard Brent Turner; Kristy Nabhan-Warren; University of Iowa. Department of Religious Studies.
Publisher: [Iowa City, Iowa] : University of Iowa, May 2017.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of Iowa 2017
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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This dissertation provides a critical discursive analysis of videos, blogs, and social media posts created by two African-American Muslim women who live in the Southern United States, Najwa Niang and Nadira Abdul-Quddus, who make up the, group, Muslimah2Muslimah. As African-American women who do not speak Arabic, Najwa and Nadira fall outside of normative institutions of Islamic learning. Thus, they have taken to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Case studies
Named Person: Najwa Niang; Nadira Abdul-Quddus
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kayla Renée Wheeler; Richard Brent Turner; Kristy Nabhan-Warren; University of Iowa. Department of Religious Studies.
OCLC Number: 1007152867
Notes: Thesis supervisor: Richard Brent Turner.
Thesis supervisor: Kristy Nabhan-Warren.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 170 pages) : color illustrations
Details: System requirements: Adobe Reader.
Responsibility: by Kayla Renée Wheeler.

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This dissertation provides a critical discursive analysis of videos, blogs, and social media posts created by two African-American Muslim women who live in the Southern United States, Najwa Niang and Nadira Abdul-Quddus, who make up the, group, Muslimah2Muslimah. As African-American women who do not speak Arabic, Najwa and Nadira fall outside of normative institutions of Islamic learning. Thus, they have taken to YouTube to create their own interpretive communities based on their interpretations of English translated versions of the Qur'an and hadith. Through fashion and beauty tutorials on YouTube, Najwa and Nadira they perform a new Muslim cool, centering their Blackness, and challenging hegemonic formulations of Islam that subordinate African-Americans. I argue that for Najwa and Nadira, fashion is a form of embodied theology. The use their stylized bodies to reimagine religious authority, knowledge transmission, and the image of Muslim womanhood by centering Black expressive culture. My dissertation provides an important intervention in the fields of religious studies and material Islam, highlighting how debates around race and gender are enacted in everyday life.

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