Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran

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University of California Press, 2005 - Religion - 278 pages
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Minoo Moallem challenges the mainstream stereotypical representation of Islam and Muslims as backward, fanatical, and premodern by showing how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are by-products of modernity. Writing with a deep personal and scholarly concern for recent Iranian history, Moallem refers to the gendered notions of brother and sister as keys to understanding the invention of the Islamic "ummat "as a modern fraternal community. Using magazines, novels, and films, she offers a feminist transnational analysis of contemporary Iranian culture that questions dominant binaries of modern and traditional, West and East, secular and religious, and civilized and barbaric. "Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister" responds to a number of important questions raised in connection with 9/11. The author considers how veiling intersects with other identity markers in nation-state building and modern formations of gendered citizenship. She shows how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are fed by a hybrid blend of images and myths of both pre-Islamic and Islamic Iran, as well as globally circulated patriarchal ideologies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Fields of Visibility
31
The Civic Body and the Order of the Visible
59
The Tragic Paradox of Revolution
83
The Sacralization of Politics and the Desacralization of Religion
119
Transnationalism Feminism and Fundamentalism
155
Postscript
185
Glossary of Important Names and Terms
189
Notes
197
Bibliography
225
Index
249
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About the author (2005)

Minoo Moallem is Professor and Chair of Women Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the coeditor of Between Women and Nation: Transnational Feminisms and the State (1999).

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