Muslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics and Culture in Islam by Clinton BennettMuslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics and Culture in Islam by Clinton Bennett

Muslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics and Culture in Islam

byClinton Bennett

Paperback | December 30, 2010

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Five women have served as leaders of Muslim countries, namely Megawati Sukarnoputri (Vice President of Indonesia, 1991-2001 and President 2002-4), Benazir Bhutto (PM of Pakistan, 1988-90 and 1993-6), Sheikh Hasina (PM of Bangladesh, 1996-2001), Khaleda Zia (PM of Bangladesh, 1991-5 and 2001-6) and Tansu ¿iller (PM of Turkey, 1993-6). This is an extraordinary record and somewhat of a challenge to the widespread perception that Muslim women are oppressed.
Four of the women belonged to political families by birth or marriage, raising interesting questions about the extent to which this played a role alongside their skills and personal qualities in their rise to power. To what degree did culture rather than Islam aid and abet their roles, or indeed is it sustainable to distinguish Islam from culture.¿
This study of the role of these five powerful Muslim women uses their life and work to explore relevant issues, such as the role of culture, gender in Islam and the nature of the Islamic state.
Title:Muslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics and Culture in IslamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.72 inPublished:December 30, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826400876

ISBN - 13:9780826400871


Table of Contents

Introduction: Five Women, Four Countries¿ \ 1 . Women Leaders: The Debate \ 2 . Benazir Bhutto and <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Pakistan ¿\ 3 . Khaleda Zia and Bangladesh \ 4. Tansu Ciller and <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Turkey \ 5 . Sheikh Hasina and <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Bangladesh <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">\ 6 . Megawati Sukarnoputri and <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"> <_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">Indonesia \ Conclusion: Gender,¿Politics and Culture in¿Islam \¿References \ Index

Editorial Reviews

'This is a book I would have wanted to write myself ... The question of Muslim women leaders' impacting the lives of ordinary women is an undeniable fact, although the world stage remains dominated by men. These women have inspired a generation of women not to give up, even when facing the strongest prejudice long held in western society, the backlash of Islamaphobia, as well as the rise of the extreme Right and zealots. We have much to learn in the West from these women leaders about mobilisation of women in countries where the primary duties and obligation for women are to survive the degradation of poverty and need for survival. We can and must judge their leadership in the context of their political and social achievements. Having been in politics in the west and seeing first hand the level of prejudice and discrimination at the heart of mother of democracy, I salute these amazing leaders.' - Pola Manzila Uddin, House of Lords, UK