Engendering the Politics of Religion
Women, Identity and Agency in Global Religio-Politics
Edited by Naveed S. Sheikh
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
How does gender relate to the making and challenging of politics based on religion? This book attempts to shed new light on the multi-faceted relationship gender in relation to religio-politics at the local, national and global levels. Bringing together an international group of scholars, this comparative collection provides cutting-edge contributions on the gendered politics of religious activism in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Individual chapters interrogate the construction of gender in religious nationalism in Israel, India, Iran, Turkey, analyse female activism within religious movements in Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, and engage the question of female agency in relation to radicalism and political violence in Pakistan, India, the Palestinian territories and Iraqi Kurdistan. Taken together, the contributions shed significant new light on the gender dynamics of politicized religions across diverse cultures, regions and religions.
This book was published as a special issue of Politics, Religion and Ideology.
1. Introduction Naveed S. Sheikh 2. Female Icons of the Zionist Movement: The Making of a National Heroine in Israel Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz 3. Women, Muscular Nationalism and Hinduism in India: Roop Kanwar and the Fire Protests Sikata Banerjee 4. The Piety of Public Participation: The Revolutionary Muslim Woman in the Islamic Republic of Iran Rochelle Terman 5. Political Religion and Politicized Women in Turkey: Hegemonic Republicanism Revisited Hande Eslen-Ziya and Umut Korkut 6. ‘To Enjoin Virtue and Restrain Vice’: Modernizing Discourses and Engendered Traditions in Pakistan’s Jama’at-e-Islami Amina Jamal 7. Islamist Moderation and the Resilience of Gender: Turkey’s Persistent Paradox Gamze Çavdar 8. Liberating Women with Islam? The Islamists and Women’s Issues in Jordan Ibtesam Alatiyat and Hassan Barari 9. Does Political Islam Impede Gender-Based Mobilization? The Case of Egypt Rabab El-Mahdi 10. Agents of Defiance and Despair: The Impact of Islamic Resistance on Palestinian Women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip Maria Holt 11. ‘New Vulnerabilities’ of Muslim Women in the Age of Terror: The Case of the Red Mosque Siege in Islamabad, Pakistan Maleeha Aslam 12. The Sacred and the Sacrilegious: Exploring Women’s ‘Politics’ and ‘Agency’ in Radical Religious Movements in South Asia Swati Parashar 13. The Limits of Admittance and Diversity in Iraqi Kurdistan: Femininity and the Body of Du’a Khalil Sandra Marie Phelps
Naveed S. Sheikh teaches International Relations, with a specialization in Security Studies and Middle East Politics, in the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy at Keele University, United Kingdom. He is furthermore the editor of the Routledge-published journal Politics, Religion and Ideology (formerly published as, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions). Educated at the Universities of Buckingham, Durham and Cambridge, he has held fellowships at Harvard, Hosei (Tokyo), Louisville and Notre Dame Universities.