Velvet Jihad: Muslim Women's Quiet Resistance to Islamic Fundamentalism (Book Review)
Journal of International Women's Studies, 2009, Sept, 11, 1
Journal of International Women's Studies
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Velvet Jihad: Muslim Women's Quiet Resistance to Islamic Fundamentalism. Faegheh Shirazi. 2009. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. 277 pages. Photographs, references and index included. $65 (Hardcover). Jihad is an evocative word. Recent decades have seen the corruption of the word to the point where its primary definition (at least in Western media) is that of 'holy war.' Far from such a bellicose summoning, jihad, the Arabic word for 'struggle,' has a more personal, religious meaning. For the practicing Muslim, jihad can represent a spiritual struggle from within. In spite of the corrupted meaning, or because of it, female activists and authors discussing women's lives in the Muslim world have, in recent years, taken pains to provide an innovative spin on jihad, proposing a new, woman-centered position for its interpretation and practice. From Amina Wadud's "Inside the Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam" (2006) to Azadeh Moaveni's "Lipstick Jihad" (2006), recent women writing about gender, Islam and the Muslim world, have energetically been documenting the ways in which Muslim women living under Islamic fundamentalism and within patriarchal cultures have confronted and resisted their oppression in the name of religion. Such is the case with Faegheh Shirazi, author of "Velvet Jihad: Muslim Women's Quiet Resistance to Islamic Fundamentalism."
- 2,99 €
- Category: Social Science
- Published: 01 September 2009
- Publisher: Bridgewater State College
- Print Length: 8 Pages
- Language: English