Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature

Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature

Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature

Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature

Synopsis

This provocative collection addresses the ways in which Arab women writers are using Islam to empower themselves, and theorizes the conditions that have made the appearance of these new voices possible.

Excerpt

In 1975 the United Nations launched its Decade for Women (1975-85). Responding to women's local and international networking activities, it drew new attention to women and to their changing roles, responsibilities, and status in the world. The Decade focused concern on the many forms of injustice that women endure, but it also celebrated the fact that women have become increasingly powerful and visible as they intervene in global politics. Women's unprecedented independence as a result of the revolution in reproduction technology and their massive entry into the paid workforce has begun to erode the patriarchal system. Women acting with women on behalf of women are turning to alternative communities where their identities and roles will not be fixed and subordinated.

Arab women, historically invisible, are part of this trend. Arab women whose education and mobility allow them to see and project themselves as public intellectuals are becoming visibile at the local, national, and international levels. It is, of course,

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