Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, September

At the Forefront of a Post-Patriarchal Islamic Education Female Teachers in Indonesia
Abstract This article argues that the ongoing introduction of a gender perspective in Indonesian Islamic education is challenging the partially unconscious patriarchal gender regime of these institutions and a means of resisting traditional notions...
'Breaking the Silence': The Religious Muslim Women's Movement in Turkey
Abstract This article explores the emergence of the religious Muslim women's movement in the 1990s in Turkey, and its relation with the broader women's movement, including the exclusion of religious Muslim women from the women's movement. My analysis...
CEDAW and Afghanistan
Abstract This paper considers the relevance and applicability of CEDAW in Afghanistan and uses personal interviews with key Afghan and international actors to reflect on the context and framework for understanding the challenges and opportunities...
Claiming Their Space: Muslim Women-Led Networks and the Women's Movement in India
Abstract The Shah Bano case of the 1980s was a landmark in the discourse on 'Muslim women's rights' in India. At this time, however, few Muslim women actually participated in the debates, which were dominated by male religious leaders and politicians...
Dishonored
Dishonored. Sigrun Norderval and Gard A. Andreassen. 2007. Brooklyn, NY: Icarus Films. 52 minutes. They Call Me Muslim: Two women, two choices about the hijab. Diana Ferrero. 2006. Italy/France/Iran, Subtitled. New York, NY: Women Make Movies. 27...
Engendering the Nation: Women, Islam, and Poetry in Pakistan
Abstract In this essay I offer some examples of reading feminist agency in Pakistan through an analysis of the poems of two of Pakistan's preeminent feminist poets, Fahmida Riaz (b. 1946) and Kishwar Naheed (b. 1940). Rather than gesture to their...
Faith-Based Politics, Enlightened Moderation and the Pakistani Women's Movement
Abstract Soon after his coup in October 1999, General Pervez Musharraf reassured the Pakistani people that his was not an obscurantist religious agenda. Instead, he referred to the Ata Turk model as his inspiration in his mission to rescue Pakistanis...
Flowers, Queens, and Goons: Unruly Women in Rural Pakistan
Abstract This article focuses on girls and women perceived as deviant, difficult, or different by their communities in rural Punjab, even as it pluralizes and historicizes performances of rebellious, unruly selves. Specifically, the paper uses fieldwork...
Gendering the Internally Displaced: Problem Bodies, Fluid Boundaries and Politics of Civil Society Participation in Sri Lanka
Abstract In this paper I argue that the internally displaced Muslim women's experience of displacement and their perception of new developments since the last round of peace initiative between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE are significantly...
Historicizing Garment Manufacturing in Bangladesh: Gender, Generation, and New Regulatory Regimes
Abstract The contemporary Bangladesh economy is marked by sustained increases in women's paid employment, a rise that began in the 1980s with complex and contradictory effects on the lives of women and communities. Today this increase in the numbers...
Introduction
At the outset, I would like to thank Diana Fox, editor of the Journal of International Women's Studies for giving me the opportunity to edit this Special Issue. When she approached me to do a Special Issue on gender and Islam, I chose to focus on women...
Islamic Feminism and Muslim Women's Rights Activism in India: From Transnational Discourse to Local Movement-Or Vice Versa?
Abstract The very recent phenomenon called Islamic feminism receives quite a lot of attention from academia and media alike. Although it is basically a discourse whose strategy and praxis is primarily script related, there seems to be an overt tendency...
Muslim Women Leaders in the Ferghana Valley: Whose Leadership Is It Anyway?
Abstract There are many geographic and historical examples of Muslim women leaders, yet questions about women's ability to lead and the kinds of leadership women can assume are still a part of scholarly and public debates among Muslims. In this...
"People like Us" in Pursuit of God and Rights: Islamic Feminist Discourse and Sisters in Islam in Malaysia
Abstract This paper attempts to critically situate the discourse of Islamic feminism and its activist incarnations such as the Malaysian group Sisters in Islam within an analytical framework that seeks to look beyond the all-too-common trope of...
Polygamy Talk and the Politics of Feminism: Contestations over Masculinity in a New Muslim Indonesia
Abstract The political downfall of the Suharto administration in 1998 marked the end of the "New Order", which was characterized by a 32-year period of authoritarian rule. Opening the way for democracy, it included the unlocking of Indonesian politics...
South Asian Muslim American Girl Power: Structures and Symbols of Control and Self-Expression
Abstract South Asian Muslim American (SAMA) girls studied ethnographically in Chicago and more broadly in the United States negotiate these three components (South Asian, Muslim, and American) of identity across the spheres of home, Islamic institutions,...
Stealing Women, Stealing Men: Co-Creating Cultures of Polygamy in a Pesantren Community in Eastern Indonesia
Abstract The article examines how particular elements of Sasak society structurally facilitate a culture of polygamy in a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) which is managed by male Muslim teachers and preachers (Tuan Guru) who maintain a paradoxical...
The Ready-Made Garments Industry in Bangladesh: A Means to Reducing Gender-Based Social Exclusion of Women?
Abstract Women in Bangladesh have traditionally been excluded from taking part in social, political and economic activities by means of institutions such as the purdah (veil). However, the rise of the ready-made garments industry in Bangladesh since...
Traveling Soap Operas, Brazil to Kyrgyzstan: Meaning-Making and Images of the "Muslim Woman"
Abstract This paper focuses on one soap opera with global resonance, the Brazilian telenovela Clone, and its reception among an unexpected audience in the post-Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan. Set in Morocco and Brazil, the program's attraction stems...
Visible under the Veil: Dissimulation, Performance and Agency in an Islamic Public Space
Abstract This paper seeks to characterize new meanings attached to women's veiling in an Islamic public space, drawing from observations, interviews and field notes collected among various women's groups in Afghanistan. It is argued that while the...