Gender and National Identity

Women and Politics in Muslim Societies

Valentine M. Moghadam

Gender and National Identity

Valentine M. Moghadam

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192 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 1994  
Paper $53.95 ISBN: 9781856492461 Published June 1994 For sale in North and South America only
Gender politics exist inevitably in all Islamist movements that expect women to assume the burden of a largely male-defined tradition. Even in secular political movements in the Muslim world - notably those anti-colonial national liberation movements where women were actively involved- women have experiences since independence a general reversal of the gains made. This collection written by women from the countries concerned explores the gender dynamics of a variety of political movements with very different trajectories to reveal how nationalism, revolution and Islamization are all gendered processes.

The authors explore women's experiences in the Algerian national liberation movement and more recently the fundamentalist FIS; similarly their involvement in the struggle to construct a Bengali national identity and independent Bangladeshi state; the events leading to the overthrow of the Shah and subsequent Islamization of Iran; revolution and civil war in Afghanistan; and the Palestinian Intifada.

This book argues that in periods of rapid political change, women in Muslim societies are in reality central to efforts to construct a national identity.
Contents
List of acronyms and abbreviations
Glossary
Note on transliteration
Preface and acknowledgements
1. Introduction and overview - Valentine M Moghadam
2. Feminine Militancy: Moudjahidates during and after the Algerian War - Cherifa Bouatta
3. Algeria at a crossroads: national liberation, Islamization and women - Doria Cherifati - Merabtine
4. National identity, fundamentalism and the women's movement in Bangladesh - Salma Sobhan
5. Reform, revolution and reaction: the trajectory of the 'Woman Question' in Afghanistan - Valentine M Moghadam
6. Modernity, Islamization, and women in Iran - Nayereh Tohidi
7. Nationalism and feminism: Palestinian women and the Intifada - No Going Back? - Nahla Abdo
Select bibliography
About the contributors
Index
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