Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

On Shifting Ground: Muslim Women in the Global Era

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

On Shifting Ground: Muslim Women in the Global Era

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On Shifting Ground: Muslim Women in the Global Era, edited by Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone. Feminist Press , November 2005. $18.95 paper

Fourteen distinguished scholars discuss how the interconnected web of economic globalization, transnational networks in new information technology, and the revival of Islam have opened up new opportunities for, and have in turn been transformed by, Muslim women. An underlying common theme of the contributors is their challenge to the colonially rooted, monolithic representation of Muslim women as voiceless and invisible victims ("behind-the-veil") of the Islamic patriarchy in both traditional and modern eras.

Toward this end, the book competently shows how new global technologies have empowered Muslim women by providing novel channels through which to make themselves seen and heard, thereby to explore their identities as they remake the public sphere. This exploration takes place especially in negotiating the gender-neutral interpretation of their religion as well as in their struggle against patriarchy and struggle for full citizenship through greater participation in civil society. …

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