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"Islamic feminism" would seem a contradiction in terms to most Westerners. We are taught to think of Islam as a culture wherein social code and religious law alike force women to accept male authority and surrender to the veil. How could feminism emerge under such a code, let alone flourish? Now, traveling throughout Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as Islamic communities in the United States, acclaimed Arab Studies scholar and bestselling author Elizabeth Fernea sets out to answer that question. Fernea's dialogue with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances prompts a range of diverse and unpredictable responses, but in every country she visits, women demonstrate they are anything but passive. In Iraq, we see an 85 percent literacy rate among women; in Egypt, we see women owning their own farms; and in Israel, we see women at the very forefront of peacemaking efforts. Poor or rich, educated or illiterate, these women define their own needs, solve their own problems, and determine the boundaries of their own very real, very viable feminism. In Search of Islamic Feminism offers a groundbreaking new interpretation of the status and vision of Muslim women that will open up a new world to its readers, even as it challenges our own sense of what feminism means. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
Publisher: Anchor
Release: 2010-12-29
File: 464 Pages
ISBN-13: 030777385X

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While many in the West regard feminism and Islam as a contradiction in terms, many Muslims in the East have perceived Western feminist forces in their midst as an assault upon their culture. In this career-spanning collection of influential essays, Margot Badran presents the feminisms that Muslim women have created, and examines Islamic and secular feminist ideologies side by side. Borne out of over two decades of work, this important volume combines essays from a variety of sources, ranging from those which originated as conference papers to those published in the popular press. Also including original material written specifically for this book, "Feminism and Islam" provides a unique and wide-ranging contribution to the field of Islam and gender studies.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Margot Badran
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2013-10-01
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781780744476

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This book presents a detailed critical analysis of the work of Fatima Mernissi. Mernissi is considered to be one of the major figures in Feminist thought for both Morocco and Muslim society in general. This work discusses Mernissi's intellectual trajectory from 'secular' to 'Islamic' feminism in order to trace the evolution of so-called Islamic feminist theory. The book also engages critically with the work of other Muslim feminists, using frameworks and approaches developed in the works of Muslim reformist thinkers, namely Mohammed Arkoun and Nasr Abu Zaid, with the aim of engaging the theorization of this emerging Feminism.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Raja Rhouni
Publisher: BRILL
Release: 2010
File: 296 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789004176164

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This book provides an overview of Islamic theology by, or from the perspective of, Muslim women. It's organized, thematically, into three sections: women as religious scholars, issues of gender equality, and feminist exegesis of Islam's scripture, the Qur'an.

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Author: Dina El Omari
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2019-10-07
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 1138494860

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Explores the historical roots of the debate about women in Islamic societies by tracing the developments in Islamic discourses on women and gender up to the present. The book describes the gender systems in place in the Middle East both before and after the rise of Islam.

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Genre: History
Author: Leila Ahmed
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 1993-07-28
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 0300055838

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This provocative collection addresses the ways in which Arab women writers are using Islam to empower themselves, and theorizes the conditions that have made the appearance of these new voices possible.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Miriam Cooke
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2004-11-23
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135959449

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A Genealogy of Islamic Feminism offers a new insight on the changing relationship between Islam and feminism from the colonial era in the 1900s to the early 1990s in Indonesia. The book juxtaposes both colonial and postcolonial sites to show the changes and the patterns of the encounters between Islam and feminism within the global and local nexus. Global forces include Dutch colonialism, developmentalism, transnational feminism, and the United Nations’ institutional bodies and their conferences. Local factors are comprised of women’s movements, adat (customs), nationalism, the politics underlying the imposition of Pancasila ideology and maternal virtues, and variations of Islamic revivalism. Using a genealogical approach, the book examines the multifaceted encounters between Islam and feminism and attempts to rediscover egalitarianism in the Islamic tradition—a concept which has been subjugated by hierarchical gender systems. The book also systematizes Muslim women’s encounters with Islam and feminism into five phases: emancipation, association, development, integration, and proliferation eras. Each era discusses the confluence of global and local factors which shape the changing relationship between Islam and feminism and the way in which the discursive narrative of equality is debated and contextualized, progressing from biological determinism (kodrat) to the ethico-spiritual argument. Islamic feminism contributes to the rediscovery of Islam as the source of progress, the centering of women’s agency through spiritual equality, and the reworking of the private and public spheres. This book will appeal to anyone with interest in international women’s movements, interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, women’s studies, post-colonial studies, Islamic studies, and Asian studies.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Etin Anwar
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2018-03-28
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781351757041

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The sole objective of this three volumes book 'Muslim Feminism and Feminist Movement in South Asia-India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka' is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the nature and motivation of feminism and feminist movement in Islamic perspective. Here, we are presenting few important articles contributed by eminent scholars on this subject. There have been three major waves of Muslim feminist expression-first wave is an expression gender consciousness individual feminist writings, second wave is everyday activism including individual innovations in daily life, and third wave is an organised movement activism, which is highly visible and more confrontational.

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Genre: Feminism
Author: Abida Samiuddin
Publisher:
Release: 2002
File: 1136 Pages
ISBN-13: 8187746297

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"Four american moslem ladies": early U.S. Muslim women in the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, 1920-1923 -- Insurgent domesticity: race and gender in representations of NOI Muslim women during the Cold War era -- Garments for one another: Islam and marriage in the lives of Betty Shabazz and Dakota Staton -- Chadors, feminists, terror: constructing a U.S. American discourse of the veil -- A third language: Muslim feminism in Smerica -- Conclusion: Soul Flower Farm

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Sylvia Chan-Malik
Publisher: NYU Press
Release: 2018-06-26
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781479823420

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In an age when Western feminism is continuously undergoing redefinition, the struggles of women in Muslim countries are often overlooked. This volume illustrates how women in Islamic societies have become more actively involved not only in learning their rights under the sharia (Islamic law) but in rereading this law to improve their status and gain increased equality and freedom. Surveying Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Arab societies in general, the essays in feminism and Islam focus on such subjects as crimes of honor and the construction of gender in Arab societies; law and the desire for social control; women ad entrepreneurship; family legislation; and the political strategies of feminists in the Islam world.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Mai Yamani
Publisher: NYU Press
Release: 1996-09-01
File: 385 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780814796801

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