On Shifting Ground: Middle Eastern Women in the Global Era

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Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone
Feminist Press at The City University of New York, Nov 1, 2005 - History - 304 pages
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In Iran, hundreds of women are producing blogs, sharing their ideas in an Islamic republic that still limits women's expression. In Malaysia, members of Sisters in Islam are challenging sexist interpretations of Islamic theology and law. And throughout the Arabic-speaking world, satellite TV stations like Al-Jazeera have spawned "new Scheherazades"--women journalists and hosts whose voices have a powerful impact on the public discourse.

This unique, cutting-edge book of essays--the first to include work by 2003 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi--explodes Western stereotypes about Middle Eastern women. Here, writers from across the Islamic world describe how women are claiming their full voice in politics, religion, and culture, making powerful use of new media--and sometimes facing powerful backlash.

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About the author (2005)

A native of Iran, Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Global Peace at American University, and has taught at George Washington University and the University of Tehran. She is the founder of the Women International Network for Community Leadership and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Women International Center for Democracy and of Nonviolence International.

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