ISBN-10:
0691057923
ISBN-13:
9780691057927
Pub. Date:
07/21/1998
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East / Edition 1

Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East / Edition 1

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Overview

Contrary to popular perceptions, newly veiled women across the Middle East are just as much products and symbols of modernity as the upper- and middle-class women who courageously took off the veil almost a century ago. To make this point, these essays focus on the "woman question" in the Middle East (most particularly in Egypt and Iran), especially at the turn of the century, when gender became a highly charged nationalist issue tied up in complex ways with the West. The last two decades have witnessed an extraordinary burst of energy and richness in Middle East women's studies, and the contributors to this volume exemplify the vitality of this new thinking. They take up issues of concern to historians and social thinkers working on the postcolonial world. The essays challenge the assumptions of other major works on women and feminism in the Middle East by questioning, among other things, the familiar dichotomy in which women's domesticity is associated with tradition and modernity with their entry into the public sphere. Indeed, Remaking Women is a radical challenge to any easy equation of modernity with progress, emancipation, and the empowerment of women.


The contributors are Lila Abu-Lughod, Marilyn Booth, Deniz Kandiyoti, Khaled Fahmy, Mervat Hatem, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Omnia Shakry, and Zohreh T. Sullivan.The book is introduced by the editor with a piece called "Feminist Longings and Postcolonial Conditions," which masterfully interfaces the critical studies of feminism and modernism with scholarship on South Asia and the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691057927
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/21/1998
Series: Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lila Abu-Lughod is Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies at New York University. She has written widely on women and gender in the Middle East. Her books include Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society and Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories.

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

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