Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance

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Zed Books #ad - In this context, islam is often stigmatized in Western discourse for being intrinsically restrictive with respect to women's rights and sexuality. The authors show that conservative Muslim discourse does not necessarily match practices of believers or of citizens and that women's empowerment is facilitated where indigenous and culturally appropriate strategies are developed.

. 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 either by the state or by non-state actors. Using case studies from pakistan, indonesia, iran, Bangladesh, China, Israel and India, they argue persuasively that Muslim religious traditions do not necessarily lead to conservative agendas but can promote emancipatory standpoints.

Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance #ad - An intervention to the construction of 'Muslim women' as uniformly subordinate, this collection spearheads an unprecedented wake of organizing around sexualities in Muslim communities. This groundbreaking book explores resistance against the harsh policing of sexuality in some Muslim societies.

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Feminist Edges of the Qur'an

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Oxford University Press #ad - Synthesizing prominent feminist readings of the qur'an in the United States since the late twentieth century, she provides an essential introduction to this nascent field of Qur'anic scholarship and engages in a deep investigation-as well as a radical critique-of its methods and approaches. Aysha hidayatullah presents the first comprehensive analysis of contemporary feminist interpretations of the Qur'an.

With a particular focus on feminist "impasses" in the Qur'anic text, she argues that many feminist interpretations rely on claims about feminist justice that are not fully supported by the text, and she proposes a major revision to their exegetical foundations. A provocative work of muslim feminist theology, Feminist Edges of the Qur'an is a vital intervention in urgent conversations about women and the Qur'an.

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Harem: The World Behind the Veil

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Abbeville Press #ad - Croutier reveals their marital customs, child-rearing practices, and superstitions. A fascinating illustrated history of one of the strangest, and cruelest, cultural institutions ever devised. A worldwide best seller, translated into twenty-five languages. I was born in a konak old house, which once was the harem of a pasha, ” writes Alev Lytle Croutier.

Juxtaposing a rich array of illustrations—Western paintings, family photographs, Turkish and Persian miniatures, and even film stills—Croutier demystifies the Western erotic fantasy of “the world behind the veil. This revised and updated 25th anniversary edition of Harem includes a new introduction by the author, revisiting her subject in light of recent events in Turkey, and the world.

Here, too, his favorites, we learn of the labyrinthine political scheming among the sultan’s wives, and the valide sultana—the sultan’s mother—whose power could eclipse that of the sultan himself. There were the harems of the sultans and the pashas, but there were also “middle-class” harems, the households in which ordinary men and women lived out ordinary—albeit polygamous—lives.

Finally, she shows how this eastern institution invaded the European imagination—in the form of decoration, costume, and art—and how Western ideas, in turn, finally eroded a system that had seemed eternal. We enter the slave markets and the lavish boudoirs of the sultanas; we witness the daily routines of the odalisques, and of the eunuchs who guarded the harem.

Harem: The World Behind the Veil #ad - People around me often whispered things about harems; my own grandmother and her sister had been brought up in one. Drawing on a host of firsthand accounts and memoirs, as well as her own family history, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century, Croutier explores life in the world’s harems, focusing on the fabled Seraglio of Topkapi Palace as a paradigm for them all.

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Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam Islam in the Twenty-First Century

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Oneworld Academic #ad - A major contribution to the debate on women and Islam, Amina Wadud's vision for changing the status of women within Islam is both revolutionary and urgent. In 2005, she made international headlines when she helped to promote new traditions by leading the Muslim Friday prayer in New York City, provoking a firestorm of media controversy and kindling charges of blasphemy among conservative Muslims worldwide.

A world-renowned professor of islamic studies, Amina Wadud has long been at the forefront of what she calls the 'gender jihad, ' the struggle for justice for women within the global Islamic community. Knitting together scrupulous scholarship with lessons drawn from her own experiences as a woman, including social status, sexuality, education, she explores the array of issues facing Muslim women today, and leadership.

Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam Islam in the Twenty-First Century #ad - . In this provocative book, "inside the gender Jihad", Wadud brings a wealth of experience from the trenches of the jihad to make a passionate argument for gender inclusiveness in the Muslim world.

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