Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance

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This groundbreaking book explores resistance against the harsh policing of sexuality in some Muslim societies, where religious discourse is used to stigmatize and repress those, especially women, who do not conform to sexual norms promoted by the state or by non-state actors. Using case studies from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Indonesia, China and India, Sexuality in Muslim Contexts shows that this discourse does not necessarily match the practices of believers or of citizens and that women's empowerment ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking book explores resistance against the harsh policing of sexuality in some Muslim societies, where religious discourse is used to stigmatize and repress those, especially women, who do not conform to sexual norms promoted by the state or by non-state actors. Using case studies from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Indonesia, China and India, Sexuality in Muslim Contexts shows that this discourse does not necessarily match the practices of believers or of citizens and that women's empowerment is facilitated where indigenous and culturally appropriate strategies are developed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780322865
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anissa Hélie is a historian and a feminist activist- she is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. Raised in Algiers, she has advanced degrees from France and the Netherlands. Her doctoral research focused on European women and gender politics in Algeria during French colonization. She has been involved with various women's organizations and transnational networks - serving as Director of the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Coordination Office for 5 years. She has held research and teaching positions at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, MA, at Amherst College and surrounding colleges. Her publications include: Holy Hatred (2000), and Documenting Women's Rights Violations by Non-State Actors (2006). Board memberships include: the Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, and Reproductive Health Matters Journal.

Homa Hoodfar is a Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. She has extensively studied survival and empowerment strategies amongst those marginalized by legal constraints particular in the area of family law and citizenship, economic penury, and women's movements. She has also researched women in local and national politics, with a particular focus on women and younger people in Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and amongst Canada's Muslim community. She has published extensively on these topics. Her publications include: Between Marriage and the Market (2005); Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo (1996); and The Muslim Veil in North America (2003).

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Table of Contents

Part I. Tools of Policing: The Politics of History, Law, Community
• 1. The Politicization of Women's Bodies in Indonesia: Sexual Scripts as Charters for Action - Vivienne Wee
• 2. Shifting Sexual Ideologies and Women's Responses: Iran Between 1850-2010 - Claudia Yaghoobi
• 3. Moral Panic: The Criminalization of Sexuality in Pakistan - Hooria Khan
• 4. Sexuality and Inequality: The Marriage Contract and Muslim Legal Tradition - Ziba Mir-Hosseini
• 5. The Promise and Pitfalls of Women Challenging Muslim Family Laws in India and Israel - Yüksel Sezgin
• Part II. Sites of Contestation: Reclaiming Public Spaces
• 6. Purity, Sexuality and the Patriline of Faith: Chinese Women Ahong and Women's Mosques as Shelter, Strategy and Strength - Maria Jaschok
• 7. Veiled Transcripts: The Private Debate on Public Veiling in Iran - Shadi Sadr
• 8. Kicking Back: The Sports Arena and Sexual Politics in Iran - Homa Hoodfar
• 9. Morality Policing and the Public Sphere: Women Reclaiming their Bodies and their Rights - Homa Hoodfar and Ana Ghoreishian
• 10. 'Living Sexualities': Non-hetero Female Sexuality in Urban, Middle Class Bangladesh - Shuchi Karim
• 11. Risky Rights? Gender Equality and Sexual Diversity in Muslim Contexts - Assertions and Representations - Anissa Hélie

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