The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism

The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism

by Marianne Kamp


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The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism by Marianne Kamp

Winner of the Association of Women in Slavic Studies Heldt Prize

Winner of the Central Eurasian Studies Society History and Humanities Book Award

Honorable mention for the W. Bruce Lincoln Prize Book Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)

This groundbreaking work in women's history explores the lives of Uzbek women, in their own voices and words, before and after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Drawing upon their oral histories and writings, Marianne Kamp reexamines the Soviet Hujum, the 1927 campaign in Soviet Central Asia to encourage mass unveiling as a path to social and intellectual "liberation." This engaging examination of changing Uzbek ideas about women in the early twentieth century reveals the complexities of a volatile time: why some Uzbek women chose to unveil, why many were forcibly unveiled, why a campaign for unveiling triggered massive violence against women, and how the national memory of this pivotal event remains contested today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295986449
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 11/09/2006
Series: Jackson School Publications in International Studies Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marianne Kamp is assistant professor of history at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsA Note on Transliteration and AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Russian Colonialism in Turkestan and Bukhara2. Jadids and the Reform of Women3. The Revolution and Rights for Uzbek Women4. The Otin and the Soviet School5. New Women6. Unveiling before the Hujum7. The Hujum8. The Counter-Hujum: Terror and Veiling9. Continuity and Change in Uzbek Women's Lives10. ConclusionsNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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Edward Schatz

Through Kamp's well—written account, we learn to view Central Asian women not just as victims—-of patriarchal societies and the Soviet coercive apparatus—-but also as agents in their own right.

Paula Michaels

Kamp's work represents the best of a new crop of scholarship on Central Asia. This is surely a book that will set the standard in Central Asian women's history for a long time to come.

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