Muslim Women's Choices: Religious Belief and Social Reality / Edition 1

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This volume counters the prevailing Western views and stereotypes of Muslim women - usually projected through male interpretations - by presenting a cross-cultural perspective of their experiences and choices in contemporary Muslim communities. The main theme running through these papers is the manner in which Muslim women consciously as well as unconsciously manipulate religious belief to negotiate their gender roles within the context of their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...the editors and contributors...aid in our understanding of the impact of current political and social events on women." —MAN

"...a strong anthology examining a broad range of contemporary women's experiences." —The Bookwatch

"It is particularly striking to see the very flexible and varied way that Islam is interpreted and used by women to negotiate their lives and responsibilities." —British Jourbanal of Middle Eastern Studies

"...this collection exemplifies...the acknowledgement of human agency, that people (even women) have options and constantly make choices among them. ...By including societies until recently ignored in Muslim studies, the editors underscore the reach of Muslim culture. ...Especially relevant and welcome are the contrasts between women living in majority and minority Muslim communities, and studies of communities not frequently researched." —MEWS Review

"presents an image of Muslim women different from the western perception which tends to be narrowly confined to the concepts of confinement, subjugation and segregation" —Development

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854968367
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Series: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
  • Edition description: ENGLISH ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Camillia Fawzi El-Solh is a Research Associate, at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, University of Oxford.

Judy Mabro is a Freelance Editor.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Islam and Muslim Women 1
1 Separation and Reconciliation: Marital Conflict among the Muslim Poor in Cairo 33
2 Strategies of Selection: Differing Notions of Marriage in Iran and Morocco 55
3 Islam and Gender: The Nigerian Case 73
4 Separate but more than Equal: Muslim Women at the Cape 85
5 Mixed Motives: Islam, Nationalism and Mevluds in an Unstable Yugoslavia 108
6 'Guardians of the Faith?': Gender and Religion in an (ex) Soviet Tajik Village 128
7 Islam in Azerbaijan: The Position of Women 152
8 Women's Labour in the Bangladesh Garment Industry: Choices and Constraints 164
9 Gender Relations and Islamic Resurgence in Mindanao, Southern Philippines 184
Index 202
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