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Religious Fundamentalisms And The Human Rights Of Women

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Dialogue on the conflict between religious fundamentalism and women's rights is often stymied by an "all or nothing" approach: fundamentalists claim absolute religious freedom, while some feminists dismiss religion entirely as being so imbued with patriarchy as to be eternally opposed to women's rights. This ignores, though, the experiences of religious women who suffer under fundamentalism and fight to resist it, perceiving themselves to be at once religious and feminist. In Religious Fundamentalisms and the ...
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Overview

Dialogue on the conflict between religious fundamentalism and women's rights is often stymied by an "all or nothing" approach: fundamentalists claim absolute religious freedom, while some feminists dismiss religion entirely as being so imbued with patriarchy as to be eternally opposed to women's rights. This ignores, though, the experiences of religious women who suffer under fundamentalism and fight to resist it, perceiving themselves to be at once religious and feminist. In Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women, Howland provides a forum for these different scholars, both religious and nonreligious, to meet and seek common ground in their fight against fundamentalism.
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Editorial Reviews

Rebecca J. Cook
Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the significant dual role that religions play in both disempowering and empowering women....
Booknews
Containing 27 contributions by a diverse group of authors from religious and nonreligious, as well as academic, activist, and policy making perspectives, this volume explores the problems that religious fundamentalist movements around the world are posing for women's equality and rights. Contributions emphasize four main approaches: human rights, national law (dealing with remedies in individual countries), grassroots remedies, and theological and philosophical approaches offering alternatives to fundamentalist interpretations of religious doctrine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“. . . essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the significant dual role that religions play in both disempowering and empowering women in different societies.” —Rebecca J. Cook, University of Toronto

“[Howland's] book clarifies underlying similarities among the religions, while also noting some striking areas of divergence.” —Fatema Mernissi, Institute Universitaire De Recherche Scientifique, Université Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco

“. . . a fascinating collection . . . The diversity of approaches to a complex phenomenon is truly astounding.” —Christoph H. Schreuer, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312218973
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/4/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Social and Political Sciences Perspectives on the Impact of Religious Fundamentalism on Women
1 Fundamentalism 3
2 Christian Fundamentalism: Patriarchy, Sexuality, and Human Rights 9
3 What is your Tribe?: Women's Struggles and the Construction of Muslimness 21
4 The Personal is Political: Jewish Fundamentalism and Women's Empowerment 33
II Responses to Religious Fundamentalist Assertions of Cultural Relativism
5 Relativism, Culture, Religion, and Identity 45
6 Cultural Relativism and International Law 55
7 Gender Apartheid and the Discourse of Relativity of Rights in Muslim Societies 67
8 Different but Free: Cultural Relativism and Women's Rights as Human Rights 79
III The Conflict between the Human Rights of Women and the Religious Freedom of Fundamentalists: The International Legal Framework
9 Safeguarding Women's Political Freedoms under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the Face of Religious Fundamentalism 93
10 Religious Reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women: What Do They Really Mean? 105
11 Women's Equal Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief: An Important but Neglected Subject 117
12 The Potential of International Law to Combat Discrimination against Girls in Education 129
IV Religious Fundamentalism and National Laws
13 The Two Faces of Secularism and Women's Rights in India 143
14 Religion and Patriarchal Politics: The Israeli Experience 155
15 Family Disputes Involving Muslim Women in Contemporary Europe: Immigrant Women Caught between Islamic Family Law and Women's Rights 167
V The War over Women's Bodies: Sexuality and Reproduction
16 Finding Our Feet, Standing Our Ground: Reproductive Health Activism in an Era of Rising Fundamentalism and Economic Globalization 181
17 Roman Catholic Fundamentalism: What's Sex (and Power) Got To Do with It? 193
18 Reconciling the Opposites: Equal but Subordinate 203
19 Buddhism and Human Rights in the Thai Sex Trade 215
VI Nonlegal Remedies, Resistance, and Exit
20 Women Educating Women in the Afghan Diaspora: Why and How 229
21 Challenging Christian Fundamentalism: Organizing an Alternative to the Religious Right in Your State 237
22 Gender-Based Asylum in the United States: A View from the Trenches 247
23 Tales of Subversion: Women Challenging Fundamentalism in the Islamic Republic of Iran 257
VII Religious Challenges to Religious Fundamentalism
24 A Feminist Perspective on Jewish Fundamentalism 271
25 Truth over Convention: Feminist Interpretations of Buddhism 281
26 Religion and Women's Rights: The Fundamentalist Face of Catholicism in Brazil 293
27 Reclaiming the Religious Center from a Muslim Perspective: Theological Alternatives to Religious Fundamentalism 303
Contributors 315
Index 323
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