Appropriating Gender: Women's Activism and Politicized Religion in South Asia
Appropriating Gender explores the paradoxical relationship of women to religious politics in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Contrary to the hopes of feminists, many women have responded to religious nationalist appeals; contrary to the hopes of religious nationalists, they have also asserted their gender, class, caste, and religious identities; contrary to the hopes of nation states, they have often challenged state policies and practices. Through a comparative South Asia perspective, Appropriating Gender explores the varied meanings and expressions of gender identity through time, by location, and according to political context.
The first work to focus on women's agency and activism within the South Asian context, Appropriating Gender is an outstanding contribution to the field of gender studies.
Two Reproducing the Legitimate Gommunity
Three Re presenting Islam
Four The Outsiders Within
Five Gender Politics Legal Reform
Six Woman Community and Nation
Seven Women and Men in a Contemporary Pietist Movement
Eight Gender Community and the Local State
Nine The Other Side of the Discourse
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