Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Middle East / Edition 1

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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.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Reflections on the Politics of Gender in Muslim Societies: From Nairobi to Beijing 19
3 Arab Women's Rights and the Muslim State in the Twenty-first Century: Reflections on Islam as Religion and State 33
4 The Dichotomy Between Religious and Secular Discourse in Islamic Societies 51
5 The Muted Voices of Women Interpreters 61
6 Networking for Change: The Role of Women's Groups in Initiating Dialogue on Women's Issues 78
7 Rhetorical Strategies and Official Policies on Women's Rights: The Merits and Drawbacks of the New World Hypocrisy 104
8 The Ambiguity of Shari'a and the Politics of 'Rights' in Saudi Arabia 135
9 The Politics of Dishonor: Rape and Power in Pakistan 161
10 Muslim Refugee, Returnee, and Displaced Women: Challenges and Dilemmas 175
11 S.O.S. Algeria: Women's Human Rights Under Siege 184
12 Women's Human Rights on Trial in Jordan: The Triumph of Toujan al-Faisal 209
Appendix: 'They Insult Us ... and We Elect Them!!' 232
Index 238
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