Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women
Antoun, Richard T., Journal of Church and State
Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women. Edited by Courtney W. Rowland. New York: Palgrave Publishers, 2001. 326 pp. $24.95 paper.
This book examines the challenge that religious fundamentalist movements are posing for women's equality and liberty rights around the world. It approaches the subject from four perspectives: an international human rights perspective aiming to strengthen women's rights; a national law perspective that deals with remedies/issues in individual countries; a grass-roots perspective that looks to non-legal remedies; and a theological and philosophical perspective that offers alternatives to fundamentalist interpretations of religious doctrine. The book is based on a conference on religious fundamentalism and the human rights of women whose agenda was "to establish women's rights at the heart of human rights jurisprudence." It is divided into seven sections: social and political science perspectives; responses to religious fundamentalist assertions of cultural relativism; conflict between human rights of women and religious freedom of fundamentalists in an international legal framework; sexuality and reproduction and the war over women's bodies; non-legal remedies, resistance, and exit; and religious challenges to religious fundamentalism.
Although a plurality share a legal background, the authors represent a variety of disciplines and professional work experiences from a diverse set of countries and cultures. Two themes of particular interest emerge from the many interesting discussions. One is how fundamentalist movements co-opt the language and concepts of progressive movements and reinterpret them in a way to suit their own discourse. One example is multiculturalism. Fundamentalists interpret women's exercise of "free choice" as the destruction of families and the encroachment …
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Publication information: Article title: Religious Fundamentalisms and the Human Rights of Women. Contributors: Antoun, Richard T. - Author. Journal title: Journal of Church and State. Volume: 44. Issue: 4 Publication date: Autumn 2002. Page number: 824+. © 1999 J.M. Dawson Studies in Church and State. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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