Islamic Feminism in Kuwait

The Politics and Paradoxes

Authors: González, A.

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Drawing on interviews and fieldwork in Kuwait and throughout the Arabian Peninsula, this book explores what cultural elites in the Arab Gulf region have to say about women's political and cultural rights and how their faith is or is not related to their politics.

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Alessandra L. González is a research fellow at the Institute for the Studies of Religion at Baylor University.

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“Alessandra L. González’s book focuses on the emergence and development of Islamic feminism in Kuwait. … The book is well written and accessible. Initially, it is aimed at scholars and students of Middle Eastern Studies. Above all, it is a noteworthy contribution to women’s strategies in negotiating the political sphere, and it could also benefit readers who are interested in gender issues in developing countries.” (Abdessamad Belhaj, Journal of Church and State, Vol. 57, Autumn, 2015)

"Basing her book on interviews and a survey of over one thousand Kuwaiti college students conducted in 2008, the author reveals the complexities and paradoxes inherent in the relationship between gender, religion, and social traditions in a Muslim society. What is clear is that activism on behalf of women's rights can only succeed if viewed as "legitimate" in the context of religious authority, community norms, and the political framework. Muslim women are seeking their own path to improving their status, one that "fills a niche that Western, individualistic, and secular-based feminism could not reach in traditional, majority Muslim societies . . . Recommended." - Choice

"A brilliant work on a far too neglected topic - one of increasing importance." - Rodney Stark, author of America's Blessings (2012) and The Rise of Christianity (1996)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Islamic Feminism in Kuwait
Book Subtitle
The Politics and Paradoxes
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30474-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137304742
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30473-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-48477-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 254
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