Gender and the Politics of "Traditional" Muslim Practices

Friday, March 7, 2008
9:00 am – 6:30 pm

Crystal Room
Alumnae Hall
194 Meeting Street
Providence, RI

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Lila Abu-Lughod
Columbia University
Dicle Kogacioglu
Sabanci University, Turkey
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Faculty of Law
Hebrew University, Israel
Rogaia Abusharaf
Qatar University, Qatar
Arzoo Osanloo
Law, Societies & Justice Program
University of Washington, Seattle
Leti Volpp
School of Law
University of California, Berkeley
Annie Bunting
Law and Society
York University
Sherene Razack
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada

In cases where Muslim women and girls are seen as needing to be rescued and advocacy seems imperative—as with honor crimes, female circumcision, early marriage—structural analyses of issues apart from gender can fall away, thus producing little new knowledge and reinforcing stereotypes of Muslim backwardness versus Western modernity. The participants in this conference will look at alternative ways to view so-called “traditional” Muslim practices. They will look at instances where everything from local politics to transnational economics might contribute to a given practice, and where the political, the socio-economic, or the cultural might be the most important factors to consider.

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Cosponsored by Middle East Studies, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, and the Department of Anthropology.