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Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan

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Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan

 

PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2015

January 26, 2016 SherAli Tareen

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Pakistan is often caricatured and stereotyped as a volatile nuclear country on the precipice of disaster. Such depictions are often especially acerbic when comes to the issue of Women’s rights in the country. In her important new book, Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015),Anita Weiss, Professor of International Studies at the University of Oregon, provides a much-needed corrective to such sensationalist stereotypes. By exploring how multiple state and non-state actors have engaged the question of gender and women’s rights over time and space, Weiss demonstrates ways in which a diversity of voices in Pakistan conduct what she calls "everyday Ijtihad," thus offering a much more nuanced and informed perspective. In our conversation, we talked about a range of issues such as the history of the Pakistani state’s approach towards defining and engaging women’s rights, the role of Progressive NGOs like the Aurat Foundation, Orthodox Islamist voices on this question, and the Tehrik-i Taliban in Swat. This lucidly written book contains a plethora of useful information and analysis for specialists and non-specialists alike.

 

Link/source to article and podcast: http://newbooksnetwork.com/anita-weiss-interpreting-islam-modernity-and-womens-rights-in-pakistan-palgrave-macmillan-2015/

 

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Salam Alaykum

I haven't read the book and it's my first time hearing about it but as soon as I looked at this I thought it would be more appealing-to me at least- (perhaps even more accurate?) if it were written by an actual Pakistani woman with a firsthand account of what it's actually like being a woman in Pakistan 

What do you think? Have you read it? 

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5 hours ago, eloquence said:

Salam Alaykum

I haven't read the book and it's my first time hearing about it but as soon as I looked at this I thought it would be more appealing-to me at least- (perhaps even more accurate?) if it were written by an actual Pakistani woman with a firsthand account of what it's actually like being a woman in Pakistan 

What do you think? Have you read it? 

Salam brother,

I have not yet but when I do will let you know, it seemed to me like an interesting, good book to read.

 

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