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Sexuality in Muslim Contexts free pdf This groundbreaking book maps sites of women's resistance against the harsh policing of sexuality in Muslim societies. Many Muslim majority countries still use religious discourse to enforce stigmatization and repression of those, especially women, who do not conform to sexual norms promoted by the state. In this context, Islam is often stigmatized in Western discourse for being intrinsically restrictive with respect to women's rights and sexuality. This insightful collection shows that conservative Muslim discourse does not necessarily match practices of believers or citizens and that women's empowerment is facilitated where indigenous and culturally appropriate strategies are developed. Using case studies from Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, Israel and India, the volume persuasively argues that Muslim religious traditions do not necessarily lead to conservative agendas but can promote emancipatory standpoints. A timely intervention to the construction of 'Muslim women' as uniformly subordinate, this book spearheads an unprecedented wake of organizing around Muslim sexuality issues.

About Anissa Helie

Dr. Anissa Helie is a historian by training and a feminist activist by choice - 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 from 2000-2005. She has held research and teaching positions at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, MA, at Amherst College and surrounding colleges (2005-2008). Helie speaks internationally on issues of wars and conflicts, religious fundamentalisms and the politics of gender and sexuality. Her publications include: 'Holy Hatred - Penalties for Homosexuality in Muslim Countries and Communities' (2000), and 'Documenting Women's Rights Violations by Non-State Actors: Experiences of Activists from Muslim Communities' (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. Dr. Homa Hoodfar is a Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, 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 communities. She has published extensively on these topics. Her publications include: 'Between Marriage and the Market: Intimate Politics and Survival in Cairo' (2005), 'Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo: A View from the Household' (1996), 'The Muslim Veil in North America: Issues and Debates' (2003), WLUML Special Dossier: 'Shifting Boundaries in Marriage and Divorce in Muslim Communities' (1996)- 'Building Civil Societies: A Guide for Social and Political Participation', with Nelofer Pazira (1999)- 'Women, Religion and the 'Afghan Education Movement' in Iran', (2008), 'Health as a Context for Social and Gender Activism: Female Volunteer Health Workers in Iran' (2010).

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Author : Anissa Helie
Publisher : Zed Books Ltd
Data Published : 11 October 2012
ISBN : 1780322852
EAN : 9781780322858
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 315 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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