Violence and Gender in the "New" Europe: Islam in German Culture

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Images of covered women, together with stories of honor killings and forced marriages, continue to retain their currency in media representations of Islam. Moving beyond staid stereotypes, Gender and Violence in the "New" Europe draws new conclusions about the role of violence in determining Muslim women's participation in German public life. Combining cultural studies with theory, Beverly Weber contributes to the ongoing scholarly discussion about Islam in the West in two key ways. First, she demonstrates how ...

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Images of covered women, together with stories of honor killings and forced marriages, continue to retain their currency in media representations of Islam. Moving beyond staid stereotypes, Gender and Violence in the "New" Europe draws new conclusions about the role of violence in determining Muslim women's participation in German public life. Combining cultural studies with theory, Beverly Weber contributes to the ongoing scholarly discussion about Islam in the West in two key ways. First, she demonstrates how current thinking about gender violence prohibits the intellectual inquiry necessary to act against a range of forms of violence. Secondly, she analyzes ways in which Muslim women participate in the public sphere by thematizing violence in literature, art, and popular media. By examining how violence is imagined, portrayed, and challenged, this timely book provides new strategies for action.

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"Weber's insightful engagement with literary theorists is outstanding. In the context of German-language and English-language research about Muslims, feminists, popular culture, politics, and criticism in post-Cold War Germany, this is a major contribution." - Claudia Koonz, Peabody Family Professor Emeritus of History, Duke University, USA

"Ranging from dominant discourses on honor killings and headscarves to self-representations and artistic interventions in literature as well as performance, Weber's study undertakes a much-needed comprehensive investigation of the contemporary 'regime of gender violence,' that is, the key role violence has played in defining the position of Muslims in the German public sphere (in the larger European context). Through nuanced theorizing as well as careful historical contextualization, Weber develops an intersectional framework for analyzing gendered violence in a way that does not reinforce racialized discourses of cultural and/or religious difference. In demonstrating how the contemporary German public sphere is constituted through differential regimes of visibility - which, for example, invisibilize racism in foregrounding headscarves - Weber's analysis paves the way for imagining Muslim women as active participants, rather than victims, in the democratic process." - Claudia Breger, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of Communication and Culture and Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

"This is without doubt one of the most thorough and original analyses of the charged European debate around gender, violence, and Muslim minorities. Importantly, Weber does not only carefully unpack the problematic racing of gender and religion in German liberal multiculturalism, using a variety of familiar and unfamiliar sources, but she also points to the agency of Muslim women so frequently denied by those claiming to 'save' them. A must read for anyone interested in understanding contemporary Europe." -
Fatima El-Tayeb, Associate Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego, USA and author of European Others

"Beverly Weber does not shy away from making thorough and politically engaged arguments about a range of complicated topics - the connections between sexuality, race, and religion. Gender and Violence in the 'New' Europe offers the perfect model for how German Studies research can remain relevant in today's globalized world." - Maria Stehle, Assistant Professor of German, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

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