Le donne di Allah. viaggio nei femminismi islamici
By : Vanzan, Anna; Bruno Mondadori
Le donne di Allah. Viaggio nei femminismi islamici. (The Women of Allah. A Journey through Islamic Feminisms) Anna Vanzan, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, October 2010. The phenomenon popularly called “Islamic feminism”, embraces a variety of Muslim women who fight for their rights while simultaneously affirming a strong religious identity. Many of them have embarked into a gender-progressive readings of the Qur'an and other Islamic sacred scriptures, others are engaged in social activities, but they all struggle for gender equality and justice using Muslim arguments. Interestingly, the main articulators of Islamic feminist discourse are non-Arab Muslims: they are located at the so-called "periphery" of the Muslim world in countries like Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, and also among Muslims in the West. As a consequence, much of their publishing work is coming out not in Arabic, but in languages such as English, Persian, Turkish, Bahasa Indonesia. Anna Vanzan, an expert in “Gender and Islam”, has met some of these women who reinterpret the holy texts by applying a new hermeneutics to them, or claim their right to use the veil in a public space, or fight for improve the family law in their countries. She has interviewed Iranian, Turkish, Bosnian, Malaysian, Egyptian and also Western women converted to Islam, each of them engaged in different articulation and practice of “Islamic feminism”. Many interviewees do not recognize themselves as feminists, others openly admit to use the religious frame as a strategy, other try to merge secular and religious feminism. The book proves that the so called “Islamic feminism” is, in reality, a variegated discourse and should be rather defined as “Islamic feminisms”. But it also shows how Muslim women are aware of their multiple identities, and cling to the religious one while striving along the path of justice and equality. Chapters: 1. Arabic Voices. 2. Iran. Women disappointed by the Revolution. 3. Two women, two ways of interpreting gender rights. 4. Feminism, religion and the press. 5. Turkish women activists between the crises of Kemalism and the new Islamic deal. 6. So close, so far away. 7. From periphery to the centre: Malaysian and Indonesian feminists. 8. Emigrated and converted women. 9. Portray of an Islamic feminist: Ziba Mir-Hosseini. 10. Transnational nets. Feminism and internet. 11. Final considerations.
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