Women, Islam and Resistance in the Arab World

Women, Islam and Resistance in the Arab World

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Relying on a range of personal testimonies from women in Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories, Holt (political science, U. of Westminster, England) and Jawad (Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, U. of Birmingham, England) explore how Arab women have experienced and acted within contexts of Islamist politics in times and places of conflict. They highlight the theme of women's resistance, although for many of their subjects this resistance takes the form of resistance against Israel and the hegemonic power of the West, leaving the Islamist project as the space of resistance, rather than the locus of perceived oppression. Their discussion focuses on four key areas in order to further their argument: the dangers of essentializing women through the lens of colonial feminism; the impact of violent conflict on Arab women in terms of identity, national belonging, and modernity; the influences of Islam on women as faith, tradition, and site for activism; and the significance of women's agency. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

How are women in the Arab world negotiating the male-dominated character of Islamist movements? Is their participation in the Islamic political project—including violent resistance against foreign invasion and occupation—the result of coercion, or of choice? Questioning assumptions about female powerlessness in Muslim societies, Maria Holt and Haifaa Jawad  explore the resistance struggles taking place in Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, and elsewhere in the Middle East from the perspectives of the women involved. The authors make extensive use of vivid personal testimonies as they examine the influence of such factors as religion, patriarchy, and traditional practices in determining women’s modes of participation in conflicts. In the process, they add to our knowledge not only of how women are affected by political violence, but also of how their involvement is beginning to change the rules that govern their societies.

Publisher: Boulder :, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.,, 2013
ISBN: 9781588269256
Characteristics: ix, 211 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Jawad, H. A. - Author


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