Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East (Princeton Studies in Culture, Power, History)
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|Format:||Hardback, 314 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 July 1998|
This text claims that newly veiled women across the Middle East are just as much products and symbols of modernity as the upper- and middle-class women who took off the veil at the turn of the 20th century. The essays focus on the "woman question", mainly in Egypt and Iran, in the early 20th century, when gender became a highly charged nationalist issue. They challenge the assumptions of feminism in the Middle East, by questioning the familiar dichotomy in which women's domesticity is associatied with tradition, and modernity with their entry into the public sphere.
Table of Contents
Preface vii Note on Transliterations xi Introduction. Lila Abu-Lughod: Feminist Longings and Postcolonial Conditions 3 PART ONE: REWRITING FEMINIST BEGINNINGS: THE NINETEENTH CENTURY 33 Chapter 1. Khaled Fahmy: Women, Medicine, and Power in Nineteenth-Century Egypt 35 Chapter 2. Mervat Hatem: 'A'isha Taymur's Tears and the Critique of the Modernist and the Feminist Discourses on Nineteenth-Century Egypt 73 PART TWO: MOTHERS, WIVES, AND CITIZENS: THE TURN OF THE CENTURY 89 Chapter 3. Afsaneh Najmabadi: Crafting an Educated Housewife in Iran 91 Chapter 4. Omnia Shakry: Schooled Mothers and Structured Play: Child Rearing in Turn-of-the-Century Egypt 126 Chapter 5. Marilyn Booth: The Egyptian Lives of Jeanne d'Arc 171 PART THREE: ISLAMISM, MODERNISM, AND FEMINISMS: THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY 213 Chapter 6. Zohreh T Sullivan. Eluding the Feminist, Overthrowing the Modem? Transformations in Twentieth-Century Iran 215 Chapter 7. Lila Abu-Lughod: The Marriage of Feminism and Islamism in Egypt: Selective Repudiation as a Dynamic of Postcolonial. Cultural Politics 243 Afterword. Deniz Kandiyoti: Some Awkward Questions on Women and Modernity in Turkey 270 Contributors 289 Index 291
Abu-Lughod's latest offering is an edited collection of literary criticism and historical analysis that assesses the status of theorizing about 'woman's emancipation' in the Middle East... Largely historical, the collection serves as a wonderful introduction to the field. Choice
|Publisher: ||Princeton University Press|
|Dimensions: ||24.21 x 16.26 x 2.57 centimetres (0.60 kg)|