Gender, Politics, and Islam

By: Therese Saliba, Carolyn Allen, and Judith Howard

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In a time of increasing hostility towards Islam, this collection extends the boundaries of global feminism to include Islamic women. Challenging Orientalist assumptions of Muslim women as victims of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism, these groundbreaking essays focus on the complex relations of power that shape women's negotiations for identity, power, and agency as participants in religious, cultural and nationalist movements. This book brings together Signs essays on women in the Middle East, South Asia, and the Diaspora, from Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Pakistan, and Yemen to explore how women negotiate indigenous identities and attempt to gain political, economic, and legal rights. This collection shows that Islam is a heterogeneous set of historically and contexually variable practices and beliefs shaped by region, nation, ethnicity, sect, and class, as well as by responses to local and transnational cultural and economic processes. In examining women's participation in religious and nationalist projects, these critics debate controversial issues: Does Islamic feminism provide an alternative, possibly revolutionary paradigm, to Eurocentric liberal humanism and the individualism of western feminism? Is Islam any more oppressive to women than the workings of the modern secular state? How are the lives and texts of Arab and Muslim women discursively constructed for local or western consumption? These essays expose the shortcomings of the secularist assumptions of many recent feminist analyses, which continue to treat religion in general and fundamentalism in particular as a problematic tool of oppression used against women, rather than as a viable form of feminist agency that produces contradictory effects for women participants. Printed Pages: 360.

Title: Gender, Politics, and Islam

Author Name: Therese Saliba, Carolyn Allen, and Judith Howard

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2005

ISBN: 8125027424

ISBN 13: 9788125027423

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 15 Cms x 23 Cms

Seller ID: 031485

Keywords: Gender Politics Islam India