Islamic Feminism and Its Discontents; Toward a Resolution of the Debate by Valentine M. Moghadam
Bergen, Norway; Signs, 27(4), 1135-1171
Moghadam analyzes feminism in Islam. Using the case of Iranian Islamic feminists to test her thesis, Moghadam tries to reconcile the debate between Muslim feminists who think that the discrimination endured by Muslim women can be resolved through hermeneutic reinterpretation of the Islamic tradition, and those who think the such reinterpretation is misguided. She concludes that while reinterpretation is laudable and helpful, no state should have an official religion, and holy texts should not be the basis of law. Regardless of their respective approaches, Moghadam argues that all feminists should work together to achieve goals instead of focusing on disagreements.
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