Islam, Gender, and Social Change / Edition 1

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Overview

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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is co-author with Adair T. Lummis, of Islamic Values in the United States: A Comparative Study and editor of The Muslims of America. John Esposito is Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He has authored and edited numerous volumes on Islam.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Women in Islam and Muslim Societies
1 Islam, Gender, and Social Change: A Reconstituted Tradition 1
1 Islam and Gender: Dilemmas in the Changing Arab World 3
2 Gender Issues and Contemporary Quran Interpretation 30
3 Islam, Social Change, and the Reality of Arab Women's Lives 45
2 Islam, Gender and Sociopolitical Change: Case Studies 57
4 Feminism in an Islamic Republic: "Years of Hardship, Years of Growth" 59
5 Secularist and Islamist Discourses on Modernity in Egypt and the Evolution of the Postcolonial Nation-State 85
6 Women and the State in Jordan: Inclusion or Exclusion? 100
7 The Slow Yet Steady Path to Women's Empowerment in Pakistan 124
8 Changing Gender Relations and the Development Process in Oman 144
9 Women and Religion in Bahrain: An Emerging Identity 169
10 Gender, Islam, and the State: Kuwaiti Women in Struggle, Pre-Invasion to Postliberation 190
11 Philippine Muslim Women: Tradition and Change 209
Bibliography 235
Index 247
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