Do Muslim Women Need Saving

Do Muslim Women Need Saving
Author: Lila Abu-Lughod
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 335
Release: 2013-11-12
ISBN 10: 0674727509
ISBN 13: 9780674727502
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Do Muslim Women Need Saving Book Review:

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? is an indictment of a mindset that has justified all manner of foreign interference, including military invasion, in the name of rescuing women from Islam. It offers a detailed, moving portrait of the actual experiences of ordinary Muslim women, and of the contingencies with which they live.

Do Muslim Women Need Saving

Do Muslim Women Need Saving
Author: Lila Abu-Lughod
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 335
Release: 2013-11-12
ISBN 10: 0674726332
ISBN 13: 9780674726338
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Do Muslim Women Need Saving Book Review:

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? is an indictment of a mindset that has justified all manner of foreign interference, including military invasion, in the name of rescuing women from Islam. It offers a detailed, moving portrait of the actual experiences of ordinary Muslim women, and of the contingencies with which they live.

Do Muslim Women Need Saving

Do Muslim Women Need Saving
Author: Lila Abu-Lughod
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-08-10
ISBN 10: 9780674088269
ISBN 13: 0674088263
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Do Muslim Women Need Saving Book Review:

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? is an indictment of a mindset that has justified all manner of foreign interference, including military invasion, in the name of rescuing women from Islam. It offers a detailed, moving portrait of the actual experiences of ordinary Muslim women, and of the contingencies with which they live.

A Quiet Revolution

A Quiet Revolution
Author: Leila Ahmed
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 361
Release: 2011-04-29
ISBN 10: 0300175051
ISBN 13: 9780300175059
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Quiet Revolution Book Review:

A probing study of the veil's recent return—from one of the world's foremost authorities on Muslim women—that reaches surprising conclusions about contemporary Islam's place in the West todayIn Cairo in the 1940s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. To them, these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, however, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil. Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take root so swiftly, and what does this shift mean for women, Islam, and the West?When she began her study, Ahmed assumed that the veil's return indicated a backward step for Muslim women worldwide. What she discovered, however, in the stories of British colonial officials, young Muslim feminists, Arab nationalists, pious Islamic daughters, American Muslim immigrants, violent jihadists, and peaceful Islamic activists, confounded her expectations. Ahmed observed that Islamism, with its commitments to activism in the service of the poor and in pursuit of social justice, is the strain of Islam most easily and naturally merging with western democracies' own tradition of activism in the cause of justice and social change. It is often Islamists, even more than secular Muslims, who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights. Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topic.Richly insightful, intricately drawn, and passionately argued, this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence, from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West, suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Islam.

Reshaping the Holy

Reshaping the Holy
Author: Elora Shehabuddin
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 0231141564
ISBN 13: 9780231141567
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reshaping the Holy Book Review:

Through extensive field research, Elora Shehabuddin explores the profound implications of women's political and social mobilization for reshaping Islam. Specifically, she examines the lives of Muslim women in Bangladesh who have become increasingly mobilized by the activities of predominantly secular NGOs, yet who desire to retain, reclaim, and reshape-rather than reject-their faith. In their employment and in their interactions with the legal system, the state, NGOs, and political and religious groups, women are changing state practices, views of women in the public sphere, and the nature of lived Islam itself. In contrast to most work on Islam and Muslims, which has focused on the Middle East and has privileged the study of religious and legal texts, this book redirects our attention to South Asia, home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, and emphasizes the actual experiences of Muslims. Women and gender, as well as Bangladesh's formally democratic context, are central to this inquiry and analysis.

Women and Gender in Islam

Women and Gender in Islam
Author: Leila Ahmed
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2021-03-16
ISBN 10: 0300258178
ISBN 13: 9780300258172
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women and Gender in Islam Book Review:

A classic, pioneering account of the lives of women in Islamic history, republished for a new generation This pioneering study of the social and political lives of Muslim women has shaped a whole generation of scholarship. In it, Leila Ahmed explores the historical roots of contemporary debates, ambitiously surveying Islamic discourse on women from Arabia during the period in which Islam was founded to Iraq during the classical age to Egypt during the modern era. The book is now reissued as a Veritas paperback, with a new foreword by Kecia Ali situating the text in its scholarly context and explaining its enduring influence. “Ahmed’s book is a serious and independent-minded analysis of its subject, the best-informed, most sympathetic and reliable one that exists today.”—Edward W. Said “Destined to become a classic. . . . It gives [Muslim women] back our rightful place, at the center of our histories.”—Rana Kabbani, The Guardian

Sisters in the Mirror

Sisters in the Mirror
Author: Elora Shehabuddin
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2021-08-24
ISBN 10: 0520974646
ISBN 13: 9780520974647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sisters in the Mirror Book Review:

A crystal-clear account of the entangled history of Western and Muslim feminisms. Western feminists, pundits, and policymakers tend to portray the Muslim world as the last and most difficult frontier of global feminism. Challenging this view, Elora Shehabuddin presents a unique and engaging history of feminism as a story of colonial and postcolonial interactions between Western and Muslim societies. Muslim women, like other women around the world, have been engaged in their own struggles for generations: as individuals and in groups that include but also extend beyond their religious identity and religious practices. The modern and globally enmeshed Muslim world they navigate has often been at the weaker end of disparities of wealth and power, of processes of colonization and policies of war, economic sanctions, and Western feminist outreach. Importantly, Muslims have long constructed their own ideas about women’s and men’s lives in the West, with implications for how they articulate their feminist dreams for their own societies. Stretching from the eighteenth-century Enlightenment era to the War on Terror present, Sisters in the Mirror shows how changes in women’s lives and feminist strategies have consistently reflected wider changes in national and global politics and economics. Muslim women, like non-Muslim women in various colonized societies and non-white and poor women in the West, have found themselves having to negotiate their demands for rights within other forms of struggle—for national independence or against occupation, racism, and economic inequality. Through stories of both well-known and relatively unknown figures, Shehabuddin recounts instances of conflict alongside those of empathy, collaboration, and solidarity across this extended period. Sisters in the Mirror is organized around stories of encounters between women and men from South Asia, Britain, and the United States that led them, as if they were looking in a mirror, to pause and reconsider norms in their own society, including cherished ideas about women’s roles and rights. These intertwined stories confirm that nowhere, in either Western or Muslim societies, has material change in girls’ and women’s lives come easily or without protracted struggle.

From Victims to Suspects

From Victims to Suspects
Author: Shakira Hussein
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2019-01-01
ISBN 10: 0300230427
ISBN 13: 9780300230420
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Victims to Suspects Book Review:

Drawing on interviews and examples from across the globe, this book tackles the shifting narratives surrounding Muslim women Once regarded as passive victims waiting to be rescued, Muslim women are now widely regarded as arbiters of "terror" and a potential threat to be kept under control. Drawing on interviews and examples from around the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Europe, and North America, Shakira Hussein shows how this shift in attitude has taken place and how it impacts feminism, multiculturalism, race, and religion on a global scale. She argues that alongside the fear of Islamic terrorism is a growing fear of Islam as a cultural hazard that is undermining Western society from within. Muslim women, the transmitters of cultural practices, are frequently seen to play a key role in this. Hussein's work makes for a compelling read, offering a unique perspective on what it means to be a Muslim woman post-9/11.

A History of Islam in 21 Women

A History of Islam in 21 Women
Author: Hossein Kamaly
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-09-26
ISBN 10: 1786076322
ISBN 13: 9781786076328
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Islam in 21 Women Book Review:

Khadija was the first believer, to whom the Prophet Muhammad often turned for advice. At a time when strongmen quickly seized power from any female Muslim ruler, Arwa of Yemen reigned alone for five decades. In nineteenth-century Russia, Mukhlisa Bubi championed the rights of women and girls, and became the first Muslim woman judge in modern history. After the Gestapo took down a Resistance network in Paris, British spy Noor Inayat Khan found herself the only undercover radio operator left in that city. In this unique history, Hossein Kamaly celebrates the lives and achievements of twenty-one extraordinary women in the story of Islam, from the formative days of the religion to the present.

Qur an and Woman

Qur an and Woman
Author: Amina Wadud
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 1999-06-10
ISBN 10: 9780198029434
ISBN 13: 0198029438
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Qur an and Woman Book Review:

Fourteen centuries of Islamic thought have produced a legacy of interpretive readings of the Qu'ran written almost entirely by men. Now, with Qu'ran and Woman, Amina Wadud provides a first interpretive reading by a woman, a reading which validates the female voice in the Qu'ran and brings it out of the shadows. Muslim progressives have long argued that it is not the religion but patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qu'ran that have kept women oppressed. For many, the way to reform is the reexamination and reinterpretation of religious texts. Qu'ran and Woman contributes a gender inclusive reading to one of the most fundamental disciplines in Islamic thought, Qu'ranic exegesis. Wadud breaks down specific texts and key words which have been used to limit women's public and private role, even to justify violence toward Muslim women, revealing that their original meaning and context defy such interpretations. What her analysis clarifies is the lack of gender bias, precedence, or prejudice in the essential language of the Qur'an. Despite much Qu'ranic evidence about the significance of women, gender reform in Muslim society has been stubbornly resisted. Wadud's reading of the Qu'ran confirms women's equality and constitutes legitimate grounds for contesting the unequal treatment that women have experienced historically and continue to experience legally in Muslim communities. The Qu'ran does not prescribe one timeless and unchanging social structure for men and women, Wadud argues lucidly, affirming that the Qu'ran holds greater possibilities for guiding human society to a more fulfilling and productive mutual collaboration between men and women than as yet attained by Muslims or non-Muslims.

Pious Fashion

Pious Fashion
Author: Elizabeth M. Bucar,Liz Bucar,Professor of Philosophy and Religion Liz Bucar,British Museum,Thomas Garnet Henry James
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2022
ISBN 10: 0674241606
ISBN 13: 9780674241602
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pious Fashion Book Review:

Who says you can't be pious and fashionable? Throughout the Muslim world, women have found creative ways of expressing their personality through the way they dress. Headscarves can be modest or bold, while brand-name clothing and accessories are part of a multimillion-dollar ready-to-wear industry that caters to pious fashion from head to toe. In this lively snapshot, Elizabeth Bucar takes us to Iran, Turkey and Indonesia and finds a dynamic world of fashion, faith and style. "Brings out both the sensuality and pleasure of sartorial experimentation." --Times Literary Supplement "I defy anyone not to be beguiled by Bucar's] generous-hearted yet penetrating observation of pious fashion in Indonesia, Turkey and Iran...Bucar uses interviews with consumers, designers, retailers and journalists...to examine the presumptions that modest dressing can't be fashionable, and fashion can't be faithful." --Times Higher Education "Bucar disabuses readers of any preconceived ideas that women who adhere to an aesthetic of modesty are unfashionable or frumpy." --Washington Post "A smart, eye-opening guide to the creative sartorial practices of young Muslim women...Bucar's lively narrative illuminates fashion choices, moral aspirations, and social struggles that will unsettle those who prefer to stereotype than inform themselves about women's everyday lives in the fast-changing, diverse societies that constitute the Muslim world." --Lila Abu-Lughod, author of Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Opening the Gates

Opening the Gates
Author: Margot Badran,Miriam Cooke
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 461
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780253217035
ISBN 13: 0253217032
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opening the Gates Book Review:

"Opening the Gates succeeds not because of its methodology, but because of the stories the women tell."--Voice Literary Supplement

Writing Women s Worlds

Writing Women s Worlds
Author: Lila Abu-Lughod
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2008-04-07
ISBN 10: 0520256514
ISBN 13: 9780520256514
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing Women s Worlds Book Review:

Extrait de la couverture : " In 1978 Lila Abu-Lughod climbed out of a dusty van to meet members of a small Awlad 'Ali Bedouin community. Living in this Egyptian Bedouin settlement for extended periods during the following decade, Abu-Lughod took part in family life, with its moments of humor, affection, and anger. As the new teller of these tales Abu-Lughod draws on anthropological and feminist insights to construct a critical ethnography. She explores how the telling of these stories challenges the power of anthropological theory to render adequately the lives of others and the way feminist theory appropriates Third World women. Writing Women's Worlds is thus at once a vivid set of stories and a study in the politics of representation."

Dramas of Nationhood

Dramas of Nationhood
Author: Lila Abu-Lughod
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2008-05-30
ISBN 10: 9780226001982
ISBN 13: 0226001989
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dramas of Nationhood Book Review:

How do people come to think of themselves as part of a nation? Dramas of Nationhood identifies a fantastic cultural form that binds together the Egyptian nation—television serials. These melodramatic programs—like soap operas but more closely tied to political and social issues than their Western counterparts—have been shown on television in Egypt for more than thirty years. In this book, Lila Abu-Lughod examines the shifting politics of these serials and the way their contents both reflect and seek to direct the changing course of Islam, gender relations, and everyday life in this Middle Eastern nation. Representing a decade's worth of research, Dramas of Nationhood makes a case for the importance of studying television to answer larger questions about culture, power, and modern self-fashionings. Abu-Lughod explores the elements of developmentalist ideology and the visions of national progress that once dominated Egyptian television—now experiencing a crisis. She discusses the broadcasts in rich detail, from the generic emotional qualities of TV serials and the depictions of authentic national culture, to the debates inflamed by their deliberate strategies for combating religious extremism.

Faith and Freedom

Faith and Freedom
Author: Mahnaz Afkhami
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 244
Release: 1995-07-01
ISBN 10: 9780815626688
ISBN 13: 0815626681
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith and Freedom Book Review:

Over half a billion women live in the Muslim world. Despite the rich complexity of their social, cultural, and ethnic differences, they are often portrayed in monolithic terms. Such stereotyping, fueled by the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism, has proved detrimental to Muslim women in their campaign for human rights. This book is the first detailed study to emphasize Muslim women's rights as human rights and to explore the existing patriarchal structures and processes that present women's human rights as contradictory to Islam. Academics and activists, most of whom live in the Muslim world, discuss the major issues facing women of the region as they enter the twenty-first century. They demonstrate how the cultural segregation of women, contradictory and conflicting legal codes, and the monopoly on the interpretation of religious texts held by a select group of male theologians, have resulted in domestic and political violence against women and the suppression of their rights. The contributors focus on ways and means of empowering Muslim women to participate in the general socialization process as well as in implementing and evaluating public policy.

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here  Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism
Author: Karima Bennoune
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-08-26
ISBN 10: 0393240657
ISBN 13: 9780393240658
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism Book Review:

With a new afterword. “Compelling, meticulously researched. Should be required reading.”—Washington Post In Lahore, Pakistan, Faizan Peerzada resisted being relegated to a “dark corner” by staging a performing arts festival despite bomb attacks. In Senegal, wheelchair-bound Aissatou Cissé produced a comic book to illustrate the injustices faced by disabled women and girls. In Algeria, publisher Omar Belhouchet and his journalists struggled to put out their paper, El Watan (The Nation), the same night that a 1996 jihadist bombing devastated their offices and killed eighteen of their colleagues. In Afghanistan, Young Women for Change took to the streets of Kabul to denounce sexual harassment, undeterred by threats. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Abdirizak Bihi organized a Ramadan basketball tournament among Somali refugees to counter the influence of Al Shabaab. From Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and beyond, these trailblazers often risked death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries. But this global community of writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators of Muslim heritage remains largely invisible, lost amid the heated coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the other. A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism, Karima Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide.

The Political Psychology of the Veil

The Political Psychology of the Veil
Author: Sahar Ghumkhor
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2019-11-21
ISBN 10: 3030320618
ISBN 13: 9783030320614
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Political Psychology of the Veil Book Review:

Veiled women in the West appear menacing. Their visible invisibility is a cause of obsession. What is beneath the veil more than a woman? This book investigates the preoccupation with the veiled body through the imaging and imagining of Muslim women. It examines the relationship between the body and knowledge through the politics of freedom as grounded in a ‘natural’ body, in the index of flesh. The impulse to unveil is more than a desire to free the Muslim woman. What lies at the heart of the fantasy of saving the Muslim woman is the West’s desire to save itself. The preoccupation with the veiled woman is a defense that preserves neither the object of orientalism nor the difference embodied in women’s bodies, but inversely, insists on the corporeal boundaries of the West’s mode of knowing and truth-making. The book contends that the imagination of unveiling restores the West’s sense of its own power and enables it to intrude where it is ‘other’ – thus making it the centre and the agent by promising universal freedom, all the while stifling the question of what freedom is.

Inside the Gender Jihad

Inside the Gender Jihad
Author: Amina Wadud
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 325
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN 10: 178074451X
ISBN 13: 9781780744513
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inside the Gender Jihad Book Review:

A world-renowned professor of Islamic studies, Amina Wadud has long been at the forefront of what she calls the 'gender jihad,' the struggle for justice for women within the global Islamic community. In 2005, she made international headlines when she helped to promote new traditions by leading the Muslim Friday prayer in New York City, provoking a firestorm of media controversy and kindling charges of blasphemy among conservative Muslims worldwide. In this provocative book, "Inside the Gender Jihad", Wadud brings a wealth of experience from the trenches of the jihad to make a passionate argument for gender inclusiveness in the Muslim world. Knitting together scrupulous scholarship with lessons drawn from her own experiences as a woman, she explores the array of issues facing Muslim women today, including social status, education, sexuality, and leadership. A major contribution to the debate on women and Islam, Amina Wadud's vision for changing the status of women within Islam is both revolutionary and urgent.

Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition

Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition
Author: Ayesha S. Chaudhry
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2013-12-20
ISBN 10: 019166989X
ISBN 13: 9780191669897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition Book Review:

Modern scholars of most major religious traditions, who seek gender egalitarian interpretations of their scriptural texts, confront a common dilemma: how can they produce interpretations that are at once egalitarian and authoritative, within traditions that are deeply patriarchal? This book examines the challenges and resources that the Islamic tradition offers to Muslim scholars who seek to address this dilemma. This is achieved through extensive study of the intellectual history of a Qur'anic verse that has become especially contentious in the modern period: Chapter 4, Verse 34 (Q. 4:34) which can be read to permit the physical disciplining of disobedient wives at the hands of their husbands. Though this verse has been used by historical and contemporary Muslim scholars in multiple ways to justify the right of husbands to physically discipline their wives, progressive and reformist Muslim scholars and activists offer alternative and non-violent readings of the verse. The diverse and divergent interpretations of Q. 4:34 showcases the pivotal role of the reader in shaping the meaning and implications of scriptural texts. This book investigates the sophisticated and creative interpretive approaches to Q. 4:34, tracing the intellectual history of Muslim scholarship on this verse from the ninth century to the present day. Ayesha S. Chaudhry examines the spirited and diverse, and at times contradictory, readings of this verse to reveal how Muslims relate to their inherited tradition and the Qur'anic text.

Politics of Piety

Politics of Piety
Author: Saba Mahmood
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 233
Release: 2011-10-23
ISBN 10: 0691149801
ISBN 13: 9780691149806
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Politics of Piety Book Review:

Politics of Piety is a groundbreaking analysis of Islamist cultural politics through the ethnography of a thriving, grassroots women's piety movement in the mosques of Cairo, Egypt. Unlike those organized Islamist activities that seek to seize or transform the state, this is a moral reform movement whose orthodox practices are commonly viewed as inconsequential to Egypt's political landscape. Saba Mahmood's compelling exposition of these practices challenges this assumption by showing how the ethical and the political are indelibly linked within the context of such movements. Not only is this book a sensitive ethnography of a critical but largely ignored dimension of the Islamic revival, it is also an unflinching critique of the secular-liberal assumptions by which some people hold such movements to account. The book addresses three central questions: How do movements of moral reform help us rethink the normative liberal account of politics? How does the adherence of women to the patriarchal norms at the core of such movements parochialize key assumptions within feminist theory about freedom, agency, authority, and the human subject? How does a consideration of debates about embodied religious rituals among Islamists and their secular critics help us understand the conceptual relationship between bodily form and political imaginaries? Politics of Piety is essential reading for anyone interested in issues at the nexus of ethics and politics, embodiment and gender, and liberalism and postcolonialism. In a substantial new preface, Mahmood addresses the controversy sparked by the original publication of her book and the scholarly discussions that have ensued.