A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-RasheedA Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed

A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia

byMadawi Al-Rasheed

Paperback | April 8, 2013

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Women in Saudi Arabia are often described as either victims of patriarchal religion and society or successful survivors of discrimination imposed on them by others. Madawi Al-Rasheed's new book goes beyond these conventional tropes to probe the historical, political, and religious forces that have, across the years, delayed and thwarted their emancipation. The book demonstrates how, under the patronage of the state and its religious nationalism, women have become hostage to contradictory political projects that on the one hand demand female piety, and on the other hand encourage modernity. Drawing on state documents, media sources, and interviews with women from across Saudi society, the book examines the intersection between gender, religion, and politics to explain these contradictions and to show that, despite these restraints, vibrant debates on the question of women are opening up as the struggle for recognition and equality finally gets under way.
Title:A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi ArabiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.68 inPublished:April 8, 2013Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052112252X

ISBN - 13:9780521122528

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the 'woman question' in Saudi Arabia; 1. From religious revival to religious nationalism; 2. Schooling women: the state as benevolent educator; 3. Symbols of piety: fatwa on women in the 1980s; 4. The quest for cosmopolitan modernity; 5. Women in search of themselves; 6. Celebrity women novelists and the cosmopolitan fantasy; 7. Guarding self and nation: women preachers and activists; Conclusion: light at the end of the tunnel.