Islam, Gender, and Social Change / Edition 1

Islam, Gender, and Social Change / Edition 1

by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, John (Eds.) Esposito
     
 

For several decades, the Muslim world has experienced a religious resurgence. The reassertion of Islam in personal and political life has taken many forms, from greater attention to religious practice to the emergence of Islamic organizations, movements, and institutions. One of the most controversial and emotionally charged aspects of this revival has been its

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For several decades, the Muslim world has experienced a religious resurgence. The reassertion of Islam in personal and political life has taken many forms, from greater attention to religious practice to the emergence of Islamic organizations, movements, and institutions. One of the most controversial and emotionally charged aspects of this revival has been its effect on women in Muslim societies.
The essays collected in this book place this issue in its historical context and offer case studies of Muslim societies from North Africa to Southeast Asia. These fascinating studies shed light on the impact of the Islamic resurgence on gender issues in Iran, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Oman, Bahrain, the Philippines, and Kuwait. Taken together, the essays reveal the wide variety that exists among Muslim societies and believers, and the complexity of the issues under consideration. They show that new things are happening for women across the Islamic world, and are in many cases being initiated by women themselves. The volume as a whole militates against the stereotype of Muslim women as repressed, passive, and without initiative, while acknowledging the very real obstacles to women's initiatives in most of these societies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195113570
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Women in Islam and Muslim Societies
1Islam, Gender, and Social Change: A Reconstituted Tradition1
1Islam and Gender: Dilemmas in the Changing Arab World3
2Gender Issues and Contemporary Quran Interpretation30
3Islam, Social Change, and the Reality of Arab Women's Lives45
2Islam, Gender and Sociopolitical Change: Case Studies57
4Feminism in an Islamic Republic: "Years of Hardship, Years of Growth"59
5Secularist and Islamist Discourses on Modernity in Egypt and the Evolution of the Postcolonial Nation-State85
6Women and the State in Jordan: Inclusion or Exclusion?100
7The Slow Yet Steady Path to Women's Empowerment in Pakistan124
8Changing Gender Relations and the Development Process in Oman144
9Women and Religion in Bahrain: An Emerging Identity169
10Gender, Islam, and the State: Kuwaiti Women in Struggle, Pre-Invasion to Postliberation190
11Philippine Muslim Women: Tradition and Change209
Bibliography235
Index247

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