Faith and Feminism in Pakistan: Religious Agency Or Secular Autonomy?

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Sussex Academic Press, 2019 - Feminism - 250 pages
Many commentators critique "the secular" and "Western feminism," and the racializing backlash that accompanied the occupation of Muslim countries during the "War on Terror" military campaign launched by the U.S. government. Implicit in many of these critical works is the suggestion that it is Western secular feminism that is the motivating driver and permanent collaborator that sustains the West's actual and metaphorical "war on Islam and Muslims." Faith and Feminism addresses this post-9/11 critical trope and its implications for women's movements in Muslim contexts. This book is essential reading for those interested in understanding the limits of Muslim women's piety and the potential in their pursuit for secular autonomy and liberal freedoms.

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Afiya S. Zia is a feminist researcher with a doctoral degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. She is author of Sex Crime in the Islamic Context (1994, ASR) and has contributed essays to several edited volumes.

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