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Muslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics and Culture in Islam

Muslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics and Culture in Islam (Hardback)

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Five women have served as leaders of Muslim countries, namely Megawati Sukarnoputri (Vice President of Indonesia, 1991-2001 and President 2002-4), Benazir Bhutto (PM of Pakistan, 1988-90 and 1993-6), Sheikh Hasina (PM of Bangladesh, 1996-2001), Khaleda Zia (PM of Bangladesh, 1991-5 and 2001-6) and Tansu Ciller (PM of Turkey, 1993-6). This is an extraordinary record and somewhat of a challenge to the widespread perception that Muslim women are oppressed. Four of the women belonged to political families by birth or marriage, raising interesting questions about the extent to which this played a role alongside their skills and personal qualities in their rise to power. To what degree did culture rather than Islam aid and abet their roles, or indeed is it sustainable to distinguish Islam from culture. This study of the role of these five powerful Muslim women uses their life and work to explore relevant issues, such as the role of culture, gender in Islam and the nature of the Islamic state.

GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsIslamic studiesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debates Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation Publication Date: 28/10/2010 ISBN-13: 9780826436382  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Clinton Bennett is history and biography editor for the New World Encyclopedia and teaches Religious Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA.

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