By Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad
The remedy and position of ladies are one of the such a lot mentioned and debatable facets of Islam. The rights of Muslim girls became a part of the Western political schedule, frequently perpetuating a stereotype of common oppression. Muslim girls dwelling in the USA stay marginalized and misunderstood because the September 11 terrorist assaults. but their contributions are altering the face of Islam because it is obvious either inside of Muslim groups within the West and by way of non-Muslims. of their private and non-private lives, Muslim girls are actively negotiating what it potential to be a girl and a Muslim in an American context.Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen M. Moore supply a much-needed survey of the location of Muslim American girls, targeting how Muslim perspectives approximately and stories of gender are altering within the Western diaspora. Centering on Muslims in the US, the publication investigates Muslim makes an attempt to shape a brand new "American" Islam. Such particular concerns as costume, marriage, childrearing, conversion, and place of work discrimination are addressed. The authors additionally examine the ways that American Muslim girls have attempted to create new paradigms of Islamic womanhood and are reinterpreting the traditions except the men who keep an eye on the mosque associations. a last bankruptcy asks no matter if 11th of September will turn out to were a watershed second for Muslim ladies in America.This groundbreaking paintings offers the variety of Muslim American ladies and demonstrates the complexity of the problems. Impeccably researched and obtainable, it broadens our knowing of Islam within the West and encourages extra exploration into how Muslim girls are shaping the way forward for American Islam.
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From its very beginning, the motion-picture industry has featured ﬁctional images of Muslim women as submissive and exotic objects of men’s desire. Silent movie shorts at the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century introduced Fatima, the star of the 1896 World’s Fair in Chicago, as a buxom belly dancer swathed in opaque scarves. In the ‘‘Arabian Nights’’ fantasy ﬁlms, such as The Sheikh (1921) and its sequel, Return of the Sheikh (1926), both of which starred the swarthy Rudolph Valentino as a hotblooded Arab abducting an Englishwoman, Arab women appear as disposable ornaments with bare midriffs, closeted in private women’s quarters in the prince’s palaces or displayed for sale in slave markets.
The popular NBC crime series Law & Order kicked off a new series on February 27, 2005, with an episode featuring an American Muslim woman of Iraqi origin. While it included some strong indictment of the American invasion of Iraq, the program wound up by proving the Iraqi woman guilty of the murder of a female American soldier whom she considered partly responsible persistent stereotypes 31 for the torture and death of her brother at Abu Ghraib prison. The victim was dressed in a white shirt with a cross smeared on it in pig’s blood, symbolizing a fallen Christian Crusader.
The trope of the harem still exists in today’s motion picture industry. ’’ Children in America have never been exempt from the constant stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims in cartoons, shown ﬁrst in local theaters and now on television. As early as 1938 an episode of Porky Pig in Egypt shows Muslims ﬁrst praying and then turning into gamblers shooting craps, while a lady of the harem—looking sexy in her seductive clothing—drops her veil to reveal a particularly ugly visage. Studies have shown what a deleterious effect such programming has on the ways in which children view members of other ethnic traditions.
Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad