Nothing Sacred Women Respond to Religious Fundamentalism and Terrorism

ISBN-10: 1560254505
ISBN-13: 9781560254508
Edition: 2002
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Long before the Bush Administration took notice of the Taliban's brutal treatment of Afghan women, feminist activists and scholars were sounding an alarm about the rise of religious fundamentalism throughout the world and its deadly consequences for women. Yet women's voices have been conspicuously absent from the debate over the new war on terror. Nothing Sacred breaks this silence, drawing together an array of feminist responses to religious fundamentalism -- before and after September 11. How is fundamentalism linked to discrimination and violence against women in such countries as Algeria, Iran, Israel, India and America? Is there a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, or is it more accurate to say there are clashes within civilizations, such as the longstanding struggle between feminists and Christian fundamentalists in the United States? How can fundamentalist movements be defused and women's human rights protected? In Nothing Sacred, these and other urgent questions are addressed by leading feminist authors and activists including Leila Ahmed, Karen Armstrong, Charlotte Bunch, Barbara Ehrenreich, Eve Ensler, Fatima Mernissi, Martha Nussbaum, Arundhati Roy, and Ellen Willis. Book jacket.

Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for 'The Nation.' Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including 'Ms,' 'Harper's,' and 'Elle,' and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of 'Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.'

Editor's Note
Introduction
Fundamentalisms
The War on Women
Fundamentalism
World Culture War
The Burden of Eve: Religious Fundamentalism and Women in Israel
The Battle For Islam
The War Against Feminism in the Name of the Almighty: Making Sense of Gender and Muslim Fundamentalism
"A Disease Masquerading as a Cure": Women and Fundamentalism in Algeria. An Interview with Mahfoud Bennoune
The Two Faces of Iran: Woman's Activism, the Reform Movement and the Islamic Republic
Gender and Literacy in Islam
Missing in Action
Muslim Women and Fundamentalism
A Culture of One's Own: Learning from Women Living Under Muslim Laws
Understanding the Other Sister: The Case of Arab Feminism
South Asia's Holy Wars
Fascism's Firm Footprint in India
Gujarat's Gendered Violence
Hindu Women's Activism in India and the Questions It Raises
An Interview with Taslima Nasrin
Religion, Culture, and Sex Equality: India and the United States
Christian Soldiers
Unholy Alliance and Giving the Vatican the Boot
Christian Wahhabists
Fundamentalism and the Family: Gender, Culture, and the American Pro-Family Movement
The Pro-Life Gospel
The Church's Tug of War
The Agony Of Afghanistan
What Women Want
Behind the Burqa
After the Taliban
An Uneasy Peace
Returning from Kabul
Women for Afghan Women: Building Community Across Difference
Responding To Terror
Phantom Towers: Feminist Reflections on the Battle Between Global Capitalism and Fundamentalist Terrorism
Bringing the Holy War Home
Why Gender Matters in Understanding September 11: Women, Militarism, and Violence
Whose Fundamentalism?
Unholy Wars
Women's Human Rights and Security in the Age of Terror
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