9781400066957 hardcover alkaline paper 1400066956 hardcover alkaline paper
This volume presents a portrait of real Muslim women that reveals how Islamic feminists successfully argue that gender inequality is contrary to both Islamic spirit and law. The author examines the "gender jihad" waged by male and female feminists in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, arguing that 20th-century efforts to achieve quick results, such as anti-veiling laws, actually "sow[ed] the seeds for decades worth of Islamic backlash," hurting women more than helping. Today, those fighting for women's advancement are working with and within the culture, rather than against it in education, business, and politics to forge "a legitimate Islamic alternative to the current repressive system." The author reveals how activists are working within the tenets of Islam to create economic, political, and educational opportunities for women. She argues that these efforts are critical to bridging the conflict between those championing reform and those seeking to oppress women in the name of religious tradition and that success will bring greater stability and prosperity to the Middle East and stands to transform the region.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -303) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Why women matter : the payoff from women's rights Gender jihad : the rise of Islamic feminism Revolutionary sisters : Iran Under the crescent moon : Pakistan Redirecting jihad : Afghanistan Channeling Khadijah : Saudi Arabia Daughters of Zainab : Iraq Conclusion : unveiling the future.