Muslim Women in War and Crisis: Representation and Reality

Paperback | May 1, 2011

EditorFaegheh Shirazi

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Representing diverse cultural viewpoints, Muslim Women in War and Crisis collects an array of original essays that highlight the experiences and perspectives of Muslim women—their dreams and nightmares and their daily struggles—in times of tremendous social upheaval. Analyzing both how Muslim women have been represented and how they represent themselves, the authors draw on primary sources ranging from poetry and diaries to news reports and visual media. Topics include:

  • Peacebrokers in Indonesia
  • Exploitation in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Chechen women rebels
  • Fundamentalism in Afghanistan, from refugee camps to Kabul
  • Memoirs of Bengali Muslim women
  • The 7/7 London bombings, British Muslim women, and the media

Also exploring such images in the United States, Spain, the former Yugoslavia, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, and Iraq, this collection offers a chorus of multidimensional voices that counter Islamophobia and destructive clichés. Encompassing the symbolic national and religious identities of Muslim women, this study goes beyond those facets to examine the realities of day-to-day existence in societies that seek scapegoats and do little to defend the victims of hate crimes. Enhancing their scholarly perspectives, many of the contributors (including the editor) have lived through the strife they analyze. This project taps into their firsthand experiences of war and deadly political oppression.

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Representing diverse cultural viewpoints, Muslim Women in War and Crisis collects an array of original essays that highlight the experiences and perspectives of Muslim women—their dreams and nightmares and their daily struggles—in times of tremendous social upheaval. Analyzing both how Muslim women have been represented and how they re...

A native of Iran, FAEGHEH SHIRAZI is Associate Professor in the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent book is Velvet Jihad: Muslim Women’s Quiet Resistance to Islamic Fundamentalists.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:319 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.8 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292728840

ISBN - 13:9780292728844

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Note from the Editor: Transliteration and Key TermsIntroductionFaegheh ShiraziPart I: Central and South AsiaIndonesiaChapter 1. The Peace Brokers: Women of Aceh and AmbonSya`afatun AlmirzanahIndiaChapter 2. Nation and Selfhood: Memoirs of Bengali Muslim Women Shamita BasuAfghanistanChapter 3. From Refugee Camp to Kabul: The Influence of Fundamentalism on Afghanistan's Politics and WomenCarol MannChapter 4. Gendered Aid Interventions and Afghan Women: Images versus RealitiesLina AbirafehChechnyaChapter 5. "Black Widows" in the New York Times: Images of Chechen Women RebelsSara StruckmanPart II: The Middle East and North AfricaIranChapter 6. The Islamic Republic of Iran and Women's Images: Masters of ExploitationFaegheh ShiraziIraqChapter 7. Widows' Doomsday: Women and War in the Poetry of Hassan al-NassarAbbas KadhimChapter 8. Images and Status: Visualizing Iraqi WomenNada ShaboutLebanonChapter 9. In Search of Identity: Hijab Recollectionsfrom West BeirutNada S. FuleihanChapter 10. Leadership of Lebanese Women in the Cedar Revolution Rita StephanTunisia and AlgeriaChapter 11. Images of Manipulation: Subversion of Women's Rights in the MaghrebNadia MarzoukiPart III: Europe and the United StatesFormer YugoslaviaChapter 12. Images of Women in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Neighboring Countries, 1992-1995Zilka Spahic-SiljakSpainChapter 13. Muslim Women in the Spanish Press: A Subaltern ImageÁngeles Ramírez Great BritainChapter 14. The 7/7 London Bombings and British Muslim Women: Media Representations, Mediated RealitiesFauzia AhmadUnited StatesChapter 15. Images of Muslim Women in Post-9/11 AmericaOmar SacirbeyBibliographyList of ContributorsIndex

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Muslim Women in War and Crisis is a unique book….In sum, this book is an important contribution to the growing body of literature addressing the representation of, and the challenges faced by, Muslim women in the post-Cold War period. In collecting and amalgamating such a remarkably diverse group of authors, Jaegheh Shirazi has provided readers with different ways of understanding Muslim women in war and crisis. - Isaac Kfir, Syracuse University