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Ficant numbers of mostly Muslim women Or maiming them traumatizing them killing their children sisters mothers husbands fathers and brothers 228 I felt proud here of the work I d done that I mentioned above with an interreligious group of women called Women for Peace I d done that I mentioned above with an interreligious group of women called Women for Peace our activism against the war Ahmed writes the rights and conditions of women in Muslim majority societies often are acutely in need of improvement as indeed they are in many other societies But the uestion now is how we address such issues while not allowing our work and concerns to aid and abet imperialist projects 229 She points out that it would be as senseless and useless to talk about what oppresses Muslim women in the US Kandahar or Sri Lanka as it would be to talk about what oppresses Christian women in Serbia in the US and in China In each case the answer would be inflected by the specific historical political and sociological circumstancesIn the early post colonial period the veil was emphatically affirmed by the Muslim Brotherhood and other religiously grounded oppositional movements as an emblem of resistance to colonialism and of affirmation of indigenous values a meaning that it retained in the initial years of the Islamic Resurgence 212 Meanings of hijab for wearers and others Otherness of Islam oppression of women obedience to God s commands as set forth in the uran personal expression of spiritual commitment to challenge the sexism of the ways women are viewed to assert a minority identity in a dominant culture Clearly these are meanings that the hijab can come to have only in societies that declare themselves committed to gender euality and euality for minorities They are not meanings that the hijab could possibly have in Cairo or Karachi or Riyadh or Tehran 213Ahmed gives an example of a woman who spoke at an open house at a mosue identifying herself as a non believing Jew deeply skeptical of all monotheisms and yet committed to supporting Muslims in their right to be in this country and in their right to be treated with ustice and without discrimination 202 Ahmed remarks that this was an unprecedented moment when a woman of Jewish background who would not normally have been invited into the main room of the mosue reserved for men could be there and offer views that in ordinary times they would not have even permitted to have UTTERED IN THEIR MOSUES AT THAT MOMENT IN TIME in their mosues At that moment in time opened up for Muslim authorities to hear from people who spoke from a deeply American tradition of ustice and indeed like the Islamists themselves in their origins from a tradition of activism in pursuit of ustice 204Ahmed also outlines the history of progressive Muslim action after 911 which seems to have arisen precisely out of the activist and social Open for Business (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (The Sex Shop Book 1) justice orientation of the Muslim BrotherhoodIslamism as opposed to the uietistpietistic Muslim traditions Such progressive action included women leading mixed gender prayer some small steps toward giving voice to LGBT Muslims She documents the ways that these arise precisely out of being Muslims in America and the way the participants used Martin Luther King Jr and the African American experience particularly as a touchstone in thinking about the ways that Islam needed to open itself to gender and sexual orientationustice. Tion of activism in the cause of ustice and social change It is often Islamists even than secular Muslims who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topicRichly insightful intricately drawn and passionately argued this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Isl. I used this book as a source for a paper for an online course otherwise I might not have read it It was interesting enough that I decided to go ahead not have read it It was interesting enough that I decided to go ahead finish reading it after my paper was completed It is a detailed short history about the veil that Muslim women wear It is well written has a wealth of information and seemed to be fairly even handed in its presentation I had the impression when I first started reading the book would end in a particular tone or vibe and I was uite surprised to learn that was not the case view spoilerThe author blames a militant version of Islam as being the source behind the resurgence of the veil in the lives of Muslim women I thought she would end the book pining for her lost freedom and the direction in which Islam was moving About halfway through the book she shifted directions and changed her focus in so many words hide spoiler Whew A lot to read and I m not sure I absorbed much of it Still interesting and worth another read through at another time I m confused about the difference between Islam and Islamism and Muslims Encouraged about trends of Islamism in USWest as they apply towards being actively engaged in social ustice and standing up for minoritiesspeaking out against injustices to include issues involving treatment of women in Islam So why is there a resurgence of the veil Yes there s all that going on in the middle east where women are reuired to wear it by men and the usual patriarchal views But what s encouraging is That Young Women In young women in West are wearing it because of their own personal beliefs and not because they are forced to do it 35 starsRead for my Women Gender and Sexuality in Middle Eastern History class not going to review I remember having this book on my to read shelf since 2014 and thinking I m not going to find a reasonably priced copy and removed it only to find it last week in the library Again god bless Liverpool s library for the gems that I keep findingThe content of this book and the research done is incredible and on a personal level I needed this This book unpacks a lot on how veiling entered the scene from the 70 s 90 s and early 2000 s and how it has impacted people across the world as well as understanding it s implications and the changes it brought on The main focus is on Egyptian women and politics but it does branch out when necessary There s a lot about the different Egyptian presidents how they governed how religion played a role and the wars that were going on also about the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups And of course the influence of Saudi Arabia Wahabisim as well as the religious and political on goings in Iran Ira Pakistan and Turkeyetc There s so many aspects that come into play into what one might say is a small thing and reading about how the author is slowly unpacking each element and connecting stuff together kind of connected the dots in my head that were already there but were umbled and hard to graspI devoured the first section that focused mainly on the Middle East the part that focused on America and the changes happening their with Muslims and the veil and all of that didn t really grab me as much and I guess it s because it s the side of the story that I read of and it s one that doesn t reflect my current state it In Cairo in the 1940s Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn To them these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety Today however the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil Why Ahmed asks did this change take root so swiftly and what does this shift mean for women Islam and the WestWhen she began her study Ahmed assumed that the veil's return indi. 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Still well researched and great But Sometimes I M Looking sometimes I m looking what I can relate toAll in all I found it excellent and the writing is great academic but not too academic that it bores you or makes you lose track of what is being said Considering everything going on and the changes that are still happening I think there s still to uncover and uestions to be answered from different perspectives Throughout reading I was trying to reflect on what it was like and how it s like right now I find that certain topics can t ust be closed and moved on with and this to me is one of those things I m interested to see what other new research is out there and I m really interested in picking up books by Leila AhmedAround the world pick for Egypt This was uite helpful and interesting to me as someone who spent a lot of time working with Muslim women in a non profit organization right after 911 We did a solidarity event with women who covered as Ahmed describes was a solidarity event with women who covered as Ahmed describes was across the US as those women were The Targets Of Prejudice targets of prejudice nasty remarks to violenceI loved my friends who wore the hijab and at the same time I felt uncomfortable whenever I myself wore a scarf whether at a solidarity event or to attend mosue and sit in the back My friends spoke of the way that they didn t like how women and girls were sexualized in American culture and how the hijab for them was a stand against that I appreciated that it seemed to me that they were taking of a position on this than secular American feminists seemed to be doing At the same time it felt clear to me that covering reuired one precisely to claim that one was a sexual physical being and to foreground that aspect of oneself uite visibly The double standard with men who of course did not cover was also troubling to me as were some of my friends comments that their bodies belonged to their husbands to see and not to the world My own view that was that my body belonged to me and that I had committed to sharing it only with my husband To say that one s body belonged to one s husband seemed to me troubling and I always wondered whether this was a semantic difference between how I and my friends perceived this or a real differenceAt any rate Ahmed gives a very helpful context to the historical and political context of the rise of veiling in the late 90s onward The first section of the book is about un veiling in Cairo and how the re veiling trend was linked to the rise of Islamism I didn t read the first half of the book but skipped right to the part about the US in the late 90s though Ahmed does summarize and skip back to the historical context throughoutAhmed points out that the veil has often been used by colonial oppressors as symbols of Islam s Otherness and oppression of women She cites how one noted British imperialist no supporter of British women s rights used the veil as an example of Muslim misogyny and a ustification for colonialism She then goes on to a very troubling section on how this very thing happened in the United States during the invasion of Afghanistan when the Taliban s ruthless treatment of women was often invoked to ustify killing women children and their families during the invasion She uotes Abu Lughod who asks Where is the global feminist campaign against killing such signi. Cated a backward step for Muslim women worldwide What she discovered however in the stories of British colonial officials young Muslim feminists Arab nationalists pious Islamic daughters American Muslim immigrants violent The scent jihadists and peaceful Islamic activists confounded her expectations Ahmed observed that Islamism with its commitments to activism in the service of the poor and in pursuit of socialustice is the strain of Islam most easily and naturally merging with western democracies' own tradi.

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