Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World

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Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim WorldFaith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World (1995) (244 pages)
English Edition 1-8156-2668-1 $19.95

Edited by: Mahnaz Afkhami

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 A gripping combination of serious scholarship and popularising… Their insights from political economy are combined with psychological and sociological models of gender relations, illuminating the ugly and frequently violent gender politics of fundamentalist movements. 
— Mary Ann Tétreault
MESA Bulletin

Faith and Freedom is the first detailed study to emphasize Muslim women's rights as human rights and to explore the existing patriarchal structures and processes that present women's human rights as contradictory to Islam.

Academics and activists, most of whom live in the Muslim world, discuss the major issues facing women of the region as they enter the twenty-first century. They demonstrate how the cultural segregation of women, contradictory and conflicting legal codes, and the monopoly on the interpretation of religious texts held by a select group of male theologians, have resulted in domestic and political violence against women and the suppression of their rights.

The contributors focus on ways and means of empowering Muslim women to participate in the general socialization process as well as in implementing and evaluating public policy.

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