Women and the contested state: religion, violence, and agency in South and Southeast Asia

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Throughout South and Southeast Asia, groups battle over definitions of identity for their state, a struggle complicated by the legacy of colonialism. The contributors to this volume explore the intricate relationships between women's agency and the state-making institutions and armed forces in Kashmir, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Burma/Myanmar. In particular, they examine the complex roles of Islam, Hinduism, and Theravada Buddhism as a way of understanding how women's agency is constituted and constrained during times of conflict with the state and other armed actors, such as guerilla groups and paramilitaries. Book jacket.

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Monique Skidmore is an Australian Research Council scholar in the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University.