R E V I E W S B O O K Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out Fawzia Afzal-Khan, ed. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch, 2005 338 pp., $20 (paper) om ra pa ti v d St u ca fri st ies an of d So A u th M si a ,A th e l. Vo Â© 20 le idd 1, o. Ea 20 ke 06 Un iv it er s ,N b yP res u yD With the proliferation in the aftermath of 9/11 of popular, and sometimes injudicious, volumes on Islam and the Middle East, the present anthology, edited by Fawzia Afzal-Khan, is a welcome addition in that it is an academically well-informed project that addresses the general public. That the task of responding to neoconservative disparagement of Islam should foreground gender issues, as does this volume, is eminently justifi able. The way in which the construct of âMuslim Woman,â whose perceived oppression is allegedly evidenced in the veil, is made to metonymize the backwardness of a whole region, hence justifying neocolonial incursions, is what motivates endeavors such Shattering the Stereotypes. Yet, the paradox of this anthology is that it largely succeeds in modifying stereotypes
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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