- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 228mm x 20mm | 381g
- Publication date: 11 December 1997
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0195113578
- ISBN 13: 9780195113570
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 1,303,915
One of the most controversial and emotionally charged aspects of the Muslim religious resurgence has been its effect on women in Muslim societies. The essays collected in this book place the issue in its historical context and offer case studies of Muslim societies from North Africa to Southeast Asia. The volume as a whole militates against the stereotype of Muslim women as repressed, passive, and without initiative, while acknowledging the very real obstacles to women's initiatives in most of these societies.
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Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is co-author with Adair T. Lummis, of Islamic Values in the United States: A Comparative Study and editor of The Muslims of America. John Esposito is Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He has authored and edited numerous volumes on Islam.
The focus on the Arab world, Iran and Pakistan reflects the current centres of Islamic ideological formulation, while the inclusion of the Philippines is a welcome addition. Valerie J. Hoffman, Religious Studies Review