Feminism and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814796818
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.89 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The first Saudi Arabian woman to ean a docorate from Oxford, Mai Yamani is Research associate at the Center of Ixlamic and Middle Eastern law at the School of oriental and African Studies of the University of London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on Translation
Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Entrepreneurial Women in Egypt 33
3 Law and the Desire for Social Control: An Insight into the Hanafi Concept of Kafa'a with Reference to the Fatawa 'Alamgiri (1664-1672) 49
4 Women, Islam and Patriarchalism 69
5 Women in Islamic Law 87
6 The Political Agendas and Textual Strategies of Levantine Women Writers 105
7 Crimes of Honour and the Construction of Gender in Arab Societies 141
8 Islam and Feminism: An Analysis of Political Strategies 197
9 Gender and the Politics of Religion in the Middle East 217
10 The Mythology of Modernity: Women and Democracy in Lebanon 231
11 Gulf Women and Islamic Law 251
12 Some Observations on Women in Saudi Arabia 263
13 Stretching the Limits: A Feminist Reading of the Shari'a in Post-Khomeini Iran 285
14 Statutory Discrimination in Lebanon: A Lawyer's View 321
15 Islamic Family Legislation: The Authoritarian Discourse of Silence 331
16 The Women's Convention in the Muslim World 351
Select Bibliography 373
Index 377
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