Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis by Haideh MoghissiFeminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis by Haideh Moghissi

Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis

byHaideh Moghissi

Paperback | July 1, 1999

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A highly controversial intervention into the debate on postmodernism and feminism, this book looks at what happens when these modes of analysis are jointly employed to illuminate the sexual politics of Islam.

As a religion, Islam has been demonized for its gender practices like no other. This book analyzes that Orientalism, with particular reference to representations of Muslim women and describes the real sexual politics of Islam. The author goes on to describe the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's response to it. She argues that regardless of the sophisticated argument of postmodernists and their suspicion of power, as an intellectual and political movement postmodernism has put itself in the service of power and the status quo. Moghissi brilliantly demonstrates how this trend has given rise to a neo-conservative feminism.

A major feminist critique of Islamic fundamentalism, this book asks some hard questions of those who, in denouncing the racism of Western feminism, have taken up an uncritical embrace of the Islamic identity of Muslim women. It is urgent reading for all those concerned about human rights, as well as for students and academics of women's studies, political science, social theory and religious studies.
Hiadeh Moghissi is Professor in the Department of Sociology, York University, Canada.
Title:Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern AnalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.44 × 0.5 inPublished:July 1, 1999Publisher:Zed BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1856495906

ISBN - 13:9781856495905

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Table of Contents

1. Oriental Sexuality: Imagined and Real
2. From Orientalism to Islamic Feminism
3. Postmodern Relativism and the Politics of Cultural Difference
4. Islamic Fundamentalism and its Nostalgic Accomplice
5. Women, Modernity and Social Change
6. Fundamentalists in power: Conflict and Compromise
7. Islamic Feminism and its Discontents

From Our Editors

This controversial cultural and political analysis, by Canadian sociology professor Haideh Moghissi, introduces the reader to the uncomfortable relationship between postmodernism, feminist theory and Islamic fundamentalism. In this edition of Feminism And Radical Islam: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis, the author applies the fundamental principles of feminism and postmodernism to the sexual politics of Islam and criticizes those who denounce the racism of western feminism but uncritically embrace the oppression of Islamic women. This provocative text is recommended for those interested in human rights as well as students of women’s studies, social theory and religious studies.

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A major contribution to the debate on feminism. Choice