Muslim Women's Choices: Religious Belief and Social Reality

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Bloomsbury Academic, Feb 17, 1994 - Religion - 206 pages
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Muslim societies - as well as Western perceptions of them - tend to be projected primarily through male perspectives. Our notion of the lives of women in these societies is far hazier and even more coloured by stereotypes than those of Muslim men. This volume intends to counter the prevailing views of Muslim women by presenting a cross-cultural perspective of their experiences and choices in contemporary Muslim communities, based on recent and hitherto unpublished research. The main theme running through these papers is the manner in which Muslim women consciously as well as unconsciously manipulate religious belief to negotiate their gender role within the situational context of their lives.

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Camillia Fawzi El-Solh is a Research Associate, at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, University of Oxford.

Judy Mabro is a Freelance Editor.

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