Making Muslim Women Political: Imagining the Wartime Woman in the Russian Muslim Women's Journal Suyumbika

TitleMaking Muslim Women Political: Imagining the Wartime Woman in the Russian Muslim Women's Journal Suyumbika
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRoss, Danielle
JournalRevue du Monde Musulman et de la Méditerrannée
Issue141
Pagination139 - 154
Date Published2017/01//
Abstract

This article uses the Kazan-based Muslim Women's journal Suyumbika to follow the transformation of Muslim reformers' views on the modern Muslim woman. While much of the scholarly literature on religious, cultural, and education reform in Russia's Muslim communities has viewed the change in women's roles to be a decades-long process, this article argues that in the brief period of the Great War, the ideal vision of the Volga-Ural Muslim woman underwent more profound changes than it had in the previous decades. Through news articles, historical fiction, and calls to community service, the male and female writers promoted an image of a politically and socially-active woman, who would do her part for the war while being a virtuous Muslim. In this way, the Great War served as a period of transition between women's cultures of the imperial and Soviet periods. This article is based, on primary sources published in Suyumbika between 1914 and 1917 as well as Tatar-language books of the pre-1917 period. (English)

Short TitleRevue du Monde Musulman et de la Méditerrannée