Description - Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism by Haideh Moghissi
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. It describes the real sexual politics of Islam, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the West's response to it. The author argues that, regardless of the sophisticated argument of postmodernists and their suspicion of power, postmodernism as an intellectual and political movement has put itself in the service of power and the status quo. She demonstrates how this trend has given rise to a neo-conservative feminism. She also asks questions of those who in denouncing the racism of western feminism have taken up an uncritical embrace of the Islamic identity of Muslim women. The book should interest those concerned about human rights, as well as for students and academics of women's studies, political science, social theory and religious studies.
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Author Biography - Haideh Moghissi
Haideh Moghissi is an associate professor of sociology and women's studies at Atkinson College, York University, Toronto. Before leaving Iran 1984, she was a senior archivist in the Iran National Archives. She was a founder of the National Union of Women and member of its first executive board and the editorial board of Barabari (Equality) and Zanan Dar Mobarezeh (Women in Struggle).