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Islam, gender, & social change
Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, 1935-
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 259 pages ; 24 cm
Women in Islam and Muslim societies / Islam and gender: dilemmas in the changing Arab world / Gender issues and contemporary Quran interpretation / Islam, social change, and the reality of Arab women's lives / Feminism in an Islamic republic: "Years of hardship, years of growth" / Secularist and Islamist discourses on modernity in Egypt and the evolution of the postcolonial nation-state / Women and the state in Jordan: inclusion or exclusion? / Slow yet steady path to women's empowerment in Pakistan / Changing gender relations and the development process in Oman / Women and religion in Bahrain: an emerging identity / Gender, Islam, and the state: Kuwaiti women in struggle, pre-invasion to postliberation / Philippine Muslim women: tradition and change
Reading Level:
1510 Lexile.

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BP173.4 .I73 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Places the effect of Muslim religious resurgence on women in its historical context, offers case studies of Muslim societies and argues against the stereotype of Muslim women as repressed, passive, and without initiative, whilst acknowledging the very real obstacles to women's initiatives in most of these societies.

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Throughout the world, Muslim women (and men) are deeply questioning their relationship to traditional attitudes. The current volume begins with an excellent introductory essay by Esposito and an overview by Haddad (both of Georgetown) of issues such as women's education and public roles, women and Islamist movements, and domestic concerns like birth control and spousal abuse. Barbara Stowasser surveys interpretations of the Quranic verse putting men in charge of "their" women, and there is an overview of social change for women in the Arab world. Well-researched reports follow on women in Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, and the Philippines, underscoring the substantial differences among these countries. For example, Kuwaiti women do not sit in Parliament or even vote; their wearing of the abaye in 1991 represented nationalist rather than Islamist meanings. In other countries, women might adopt Islamic veiling precisely as they were seeking more power and visibility in the public sphere, perhaps to render themselves less threatening to traditional values as they sought to undercut other traditions. All the essays are up-to-date, show deep familiarity with the complexity of the issues, and present riveting reading. Recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduates, and above. S. Ward; University of Denver

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Introduction Women in Islam and Muslim Societiesp. ix
Notesp. xxviii
Part One Islam, Gender and Social Changep. 1
1 Islam and Gender: Dilemmas in the Chanong Arab Worldp. 3
2 Gender Issues and Contemporary Quran Interpretationp. 30
3 Islam, Social Change, and the Reality of Arab Women's Livesp. 45
Part Two Islam, Gender, and Sociopolitical Change: Case Studiesp. 57
4 Feminism in an Islamic Republicp. 59
5 Secularist and Islamist Discourses on Modernity in Egypt and the Evolution of the Postcolon Nation-Statep. 85
6 Women and the State in Jordanp. 100
Notesp. 120
7 The Slow Yet Steady Path to Women's Empowerment in Pakistanp. 124
8 Changing Gender Relations and the Development Process in Omanp. 144
Notesp. 167
9 Women and Religion in Bahrainp. 169
Notesp. 187
10 Gender, Islam, and the State Kuwaiti Women in Struggle, Pre-Invasion to Postliberationp. 190
Philippine Muslim Women: Tradition and Changep. 209
Notesp. 229
Select Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 247