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Muslim Women in War and Crisis
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Representing diverse cultural viewpoints, Muslim Women in War and Crisis collects an array of original essays that highlight the experiences and perspectives of Muslim women—their dreams and nightmares and their daily struggles—in times of tremendous social upheaval. Analyzing both how Muslim women have been represented and how they represent themselves, the authors draw on primary sources ranging from poetry and diaries to news reports and visual media. Topics include: • Peacebrokers in Indonesia • Exploitation in the Islamic Republic of Iran • Chechen women rebels • Fundamentalism in Afghanistan, from refugee camps to Kabul • Memoirs of Bengali Muslim women • The 7/7 London bombings, British Muslim women, and the media Also exploring such images in the United States, Spain, the former Yugoslavia, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, and Iraq, this collection offers a chorus of multidimensional voices that counter Islamophobia and destructive clichés. Encompassing the symbolic national and religious identities of Muslim women, this study goes beyond those facets to examine the realities of day-to-day existence in societies that seek scapegoats and do little to defend the victims of hate crimes. Enhancing their scholarly perspectives, many of the contributors (including the editor) have lived through the strife they analyze. This project taps into their firsthand experiences of war and deadly political oppression.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Note from the Editor: Transliteration and Key Terms
  2. pp. xii-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Part One: Central and South Asia
  1. 1. Indonesia. The Peace Brokers: Women of Aceh and Ambon
  2. pp. 23-36
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  1. 2. India. Nation and Selfhood: Memoirs of Bengali Muslim Women
  2. pp. 37-51
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  1. 3. Afghanistan. From Refugee Camp to Kabul: The Influence of Exile on Afghan Women
  2. pp. 52-76
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  1. 4. Afghanistan. Gendered Aid Interventions and Afghan Women: Images versus Realities
  2. pp. 77-91
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  1. 5. Chechnya. "Black Widows" in the New York Times: Images of Chechen Women Rebels
  2. pp. 92-106
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  1. Part Two. The Middle East and North Africa
  1. 6. Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran and Women's Images: Masters of Exploitation
  2. pp. 109-138
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  1. 7. Iraq. Widows' Doomsday: Women and War in the Poetry of Hassan al-Nassar
  2. pp. 139-148
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  1. 8. Iraq. Images and Status: Visualizing Iraqi Women
  2. pp. 149-164
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  1. 9. Lebanon. In Search of Identity: Hijab Recollections from West Beirut
  2. pp. 165-174
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  1. 10. Lebanon. Leadership of Lebanese Women in the Cedar Revolution
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. 11. Tunisia and Algeria. Images of Manipulation: Subversion of Women's Rights in the Maghreb
  2. pp. 198-209
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  1. Part Three. Europe and the United States
  1. 12. Former Yugoslavia. Images of Women in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Neighboring Countries, 1992-1995
  2. pp. 213-226
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  1. 13. Spain. Muslim Women in the Spanish Press: The Persistence of Subaltern Images
  2. pp. 227-244
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  1. 14. Great Britain. The 7/7 London Bombings and British Muslim Women: Media Representations, Mediated Realities
  2. pp. 246-261
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  1. 15. United States. Images of Muslim Women in Post-9/11 America
  2. pp. 262-273
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-293
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-307
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