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From Patriarchy to Empowerment: Women's Participation, Movements, and Rights in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia

From Patriarchy to Empowerment: Women's Participation, Movements, and Rights in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia

by Valentine Moghadam


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This rich anthology offers twenty studies on instances of emerging social justice and women's empowerment in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. These areas are home to huge populations where women's rights have withered under patriarchal rule, and many are beset by civic unrest.

The book shows how changes are occurring as flood tides of capital, people, and information erode entrenched gender regimes, giving birth to energetic and forward-thinking women's movements. Highly original, conceptually sophisticated, and imminently readable, this book illustrates how local women are transforming their collective fates by questioning their status, forming alliances, demanding full participation in economic development and the political process, and mining opportunities afforded by globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815631118
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Series: Gender and Globalization Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Valentine M.Moghadam is professor of sociology and women's studies and director of the women's studies program at Purdue University. She is the author or editor of several books including Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East and Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks.

Table of Contents

Tables and Map     ix
Preface     xi
Contributors     xiii
Women's Empowerment: An Introduction and Overview     1
Political Processes and Women's Participation
Mobilizing Women for Nationalist Agendas: Palestinian Women, Civil Society, and the State-Building Process     17
Against All Odds: Women Candidates in Jordan's 1997 Elections     40
Afghan Women under Marxism     58
Women in Political Parties in Turkey: Emerging Spaces for Islamic Women     73
Feminist Organizing in Tunisia: Negotiating Transnational Linkages and the State     97
Women, Communications, and Democratization in Morocco     120
Economic, Social, and Cultural Participation
Women's Empowerment in India: Rhetoric and Reality     139
Girl but Not Woman: Garment Factory Workers in Fez, Morocco     160
The Status of Rural Women in Turkey: What Is the Role of Regional Differences?     180
Education, Tradition, and Modernization: Bedouin Girls in Israel     203
Museum Feminization?: Women and Museum Employment in Jordan     215
Feminism and Censorship in an Islamic Republic: Women Filmmakers in Iran     230
Violence, Peace, and Women's Human Rights
Depression in Nepalese Women: Tradition, Changing Roles, and Public Health Policy     243
The Menaceof Dowry: Laws, Interpretation, and Implementation     258
Islamic Law, Feminism, and Family: The Reformulation of Hudud in Egypt and Tunisia     278
Gender and Violence in Lebanese War Novels     293
Iron Breaks, Too: Israeli and Palestinian Women Talk about War, Bereavement, and Peace     311
Peace-Bullding and Reconstruction with Women: Reflections on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine     327
Measuring Women's Empowerment in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia     353
Works Cited     365
Index     389

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