Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan

Authors: Weiss, A.

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In Pakistan, myriad constituencies are grappling with reinterpreting women's rights. This book analyzes the Government of Pakistan's construction of an understanding of what constitutes women's rights, moves on to address traditional views and contemporary popular opinion on women's rights, and then focuses on three very different groups' perceptions of women's rights: progressive women's organizations as represented by the Aurat Foundation and Shirkat Gah; orthodox Islamist views as represented by the Jama'at-i-Islami, the MMA government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2002-08) and al-Huda; and the Swat Taliban. Author Anita M. Weiss analyzes the resultant "culture wars" that are visibly ripping the country apart, as groups talk past one another - each confidant that they are the proprietors of culture and interpreters of religion while others are misrepresenting it.

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Professor and Head, Department of International Studies, University of Oregon

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"Anita Weiss takes the debate on women's rights beyond the stereotypical dichotomous view that Islam either oppresses or empowers women. She analyses and weaves together the complexities of clashing views held by different groups in order to outline a blueprint for consensus building and avoiding conflicts over women's bodies and women's rights." - Saba Gul Khattak, Senior Gender Specialist, World Bank, Pakistan, and former Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Women’s Rights and Islamic Concerns with Ijtihad over those Rights

    Weiss, Anita M.

    Pages 1-20

  • Legal Reforms and State Policies Affecting Women’s Rights

    Weiss, Anita M.

    Pages 21-54

  • Mainstream and Popular Perceptions of Women’s Rights in Pakistan

    Weiss, Anita M.

    Pages 55-74

  • Progressive Women’s NGOs’ Interpretations of Women’s Rights

    Weiss, Anita M.

    Pages 75-99

  • Orthodox Islamist Interpretations of Women’s Rights

    Weiss, Anita M.

    Pages 101-130

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
Distribution Rights
No distribution rights in India
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38900-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137389008
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38899-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48220-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 193
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