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Women Shaping Islam
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In the United States, precious little is known about the active role Muslim women have played for nearly a century in the religious culture of Indonesia, the largest majority-Muslim country in the world. While much of the Muslim world excludes women from the domain of religious authority, the country's two leading Muslim organizations--Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)--have created enormous networks led by women who interpret sacred texts and exercise powerful religious influence. _x000B_In Women Shaping Islam, Pieternella van Doorn-Harder explores the work of these contemporary women leaders, examining their attitudes toward the rise of radical Islamists; the actions of the authoritarian Soeharto regime; women's education and employment; birth control and family planning; and sexual morality. Ultimately, van Doorn-Harder reveals the many ways in which Muslim women leaders understand and utilize Islam as a significant force for societal change; one that ultimately improves the economic, social, and psychological condition of women in Indonesian society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. PART 1: INDONESIAN ISLAMIC LANDSCAPES
  2. p. 25
  1. 1. Discussing Islam, Discussing Gender
  2. pp. 27-49
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  1. 2. Competing in Goodness: Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama
  2. pp. 50-83
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  1. PART 2: WOMEN OF MUHAMMADIYAH
  2. p. 85
  1. 3. 'Aisyiyah's Jihad
  2. pp. 87-130
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  1. 4. Nurturing the Future: Nasyiatul 'Aisyiyah
  2. pp. 131-161
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  1. PART 3: WOMEN OF NAHDLATUL ULAMA
  2. p. 163
  1. 5. Tradition Revisited: The Pesantren
  2. pp. 165-202
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  1. 6. Tradition in Action: Muslimat NU
  2. pp. 203-236
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  1. 7. Post-Tradition: NU Activists
  2. pp. 237-260
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 261-268
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 269-292
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 293-295
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 297-315
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-324
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