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Mandos
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posted 22 October 2003 12:02 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A well-balanced view:

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2003/10/22/arab_women/

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For the work that we do, of course, I get a very positive reaction. Sometimes people are not so comfortable with the things I say, how I see the personal as political, how I connect our situation as Arab Palestinian women in Israel with the general political atmosphere inside the state and the discrimination against our own people, and occupation against our people. Sometimes people don't like that very much. They would love to see me talking only about the dirty laundry of our society. But this is what I believe in and this is how I see the whole picture. I'm not going to deny any part of my identity in order to be nice to anybody, or in order to get any kind of funds.

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Smith
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posted 22 October 2003 12:10 PM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is a nice little article. I've become very curious about Islamic and Arab feminisms and would love any book recommendations anyone could give me.

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The American government, to a certain degree, has used women's rights as a pretext for invading Afghanistan. Laura Bush herself said she was very concerned for the women there.

That's why she's bombing them? Because she's very concerned about them? Let her be concerned about her husband first, and the horrible situation he's dragging the world into. They are so concerned about women in the Muslim world? Why don't they talk about the situation in Saudi Arabia? Why don't they talk about Kuwait -- where women cannot vote! What are they doing for the women in Afghanistan now? The Americans forgot all about them. The Afghan women were used in order to justify an unjustifiable war.



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Mandos
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posted 22 October 2003 12:16 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I haven't read any books myself, but entering "Arab feminism" into an Amazon.com search gives you quite a few entries.
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Alix
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posted 22 October 2003 12:23 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of the books I've been reading in the class I'm taking right now has been very good - Women and Gender in Islam by Leila Ahmed.

It's very detailed and nuanced and I'm enjoying it very much. And I have a midterm on it tomorrow...


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