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A uiet Revolution Free read Ù 4 Leila Ahmed ¶ 4 Free read Free download Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Leila Ahmed In Cairo in the 1940s Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn To them these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety Today however the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil Why Ahmed asks did this change take root so swiftly and what does this shift mean for women Islam and the WestWhen she began her study Ahmed assumed that the veil's return indi. This was uite helpful and interesting to me as someone who spent a lot of time working with Muslim women in a non profit organization right after 911 We did a solidarity event with women who covered as Ahmed describes was common across the US as those women were the targets of prejudice from nasty remarks to violenceI loved my friends who wore the hijab and at the same time I felt uncomfortable whenever I myself wore a scarf whether at a solidarity event or to attend mosue and sit in the back My friends spoke of the way that they didn t like how women and girls were sexualized in American culture and how the hijab for them was a stand against that I appreciated that it seemed to me that they were taking of a position on this than secular American feminists seemed to be doing At the same time it felt clear to me that covering reuired one precisely to claim that one was a sexual physical being and to foreground that aspect of oneself uite visibly The double standard with men who of course did not cover was also troubling to me as were some of my friends comments that their bodies belonged to their husbands to see and not to the world My own view that was that my body belonged to me and that I had committed to sharing it only with my husband To say that one s body belonged to one s husband seemed to me troubling and I always wondered whether this was a semantic difference between how I and my friends perceived this or a real differenceAt any rate Ahmed gives a very helpful context to the historical and political context of the rise of veiling in the late 90s onward The first section of the book is about un veiling in Cairo and how the re veiling trend was linked to the rise of Islamism I didn t read the first half of the book but skipped right to the part about the US in the late 90s though Ahmed does summarize and skip back to the historical context throughoutAhmed points out that the veil has often been used by colonial oppressors as symbols of Islam s Otherness and oppression of women She cites how one noted British imperialist no supporter of British women s rights used the veil as an example of Muslim misogyny and a justification for colonialism She then goes on to a very troubling section on how this very thing happened in the United States during the invasion of Afghanistan when the Taliban s ruthless treatment of women was often invoked to justify killing women children and their families during the invasion She uotes Abu Lughod who asks Where is the global feminist campaign against killing such significant numbers of mostly Muslim women Or maiming them traumatizing them killing their children sisters mothers husbands fathers and brothers 228 I felt proud here of the work I d done that I mentioned above with an interreligious group of women called Women for Peace and our activism against the war Ahmed writes the rights and conditions of women in Muslim majority societies often are acutely in need of improvement as indeed they are in many other societies But the uestion now is how we address such issues while not allowing our work and concerns to aid and abet imperialist projects 229 She points out that it would be as senseless and useless to talk about what oppresses Muslim women in the US Kandahar or Sri Lanka as it would be to talk about what oppresses Christian women in Serbia in the US and in China In each case the answer would be inflected by the specific historical political and sociological circumstancesIn the early post colonial period the veil was emphatically affirmed by the Muslim Brotherhood and other religiously grounded oppositional movements as an emblem of resistance to colonialism and of affirmation of indigenous values a meaning that it retained in the initial years of the Islamic Resurgence 212 Meanings of hijab for wearers and others Otherness of Islam oppression of women obedience to God s commands as set forth in the uran personal expression of spiritual commitment to challenge the sexism of the ways women are viewed to assert a minority identity in a dominant culture Clearly these are meanings that the hijab can come to have only in societies that declare themselves committed to gender euality and euality for minorities They are not meanings that the hijab could possibly have in Cairo or Karachi or Riyadh or Tehran 213Ahmed gives an example of a woman who spoke at an open house at a mosue identifying herself as a non believing Jew deeply skeptical of all monotheisms and yet committed to supporting Muslims in their right to be in this country and in their right to be treated with justice and without discrimination 202 Ahmed remarks that this was an unprecedented moment when a woman of Jewish background who would not normally have been invited into the main room of the mosue reserved for men could be there and offer views that in ordinary times they would not have even permitted to have uttered in their mosues At that moment in time space opened up for Muslim authorities to hear from people who spoke from a deeply American tradition of justice and indeed like the Islamists themselves in their origins from a tradition of activism in pursuit of justice 204Ahmed also outlines the history of progressive Muslim action after 911 which seems to have arisen precisely out of the activist and social justice orientation of the Muslim BrotherhoodIslamism as opposed to the uietistpietistic Muslim traditions Such progressive action included women leading mixed gender prayer some small steps toward giving voice to LGBT Muslims She documents the ways that these arise precisely out of being Muslims in America and the way the participants used Martin Luther King Jr and the African American experience particularly as a touchstone in thinking about the ways that Islam needed to open itself to gender and sexual orientation justice

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A uiet Revolution Free read Ù 4 Leila Ahmed ¶ 4 Free read Free download Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Leila Ahmed Cated a backward step for Muslim women worldwide What she discovered however in the stories of British colonial officials young Muslim feminists Arab nationalists pious Islamic daughters American Muslim immigrants violent jihadists and peaceful Islamic activists confounded her expectations Ahmed observed that Islamism with its commitments to activism in the service of the poor and in pursuit of social justice is the strain of Islam most easily and naturally merging with western democracies' own tradi. I remember having this book on my to read shelf since 2014 and thinking I m not going to find a reasonably priced copy and removed it only to find it last week in the library Again god bless Liverpool s library for the gems that I keep findingThe content of this book and the research done is incredible and on a personal level I needed this This book unpacks a lot on how veiling entered the scene from the 70 s 90 s and early 2000 s and how it has impacted people across the world as well as understanding it s implications and the changes it brought on The main focus is on Egyptian women and politics but it does branch out when necessary There s a lot about the different Egyptian presidents how they governed how religion played a role and the wars that were going on also about the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups And of course the influence of Saudi Arabia Wahabisim as well as the religious and political on goings in Iran Ira Pakistan and Turkeyetc There s so many aspects that come into play into what one might say is a small thing and reading about how the author is slowly unpacking each element and connecting stuff together kind of connected the dots in my head that were already there but were jumbled and hard to graspI devoured the first section that focused mainly on the Middle East the part that focused on America and the changes happening their with Muslims and the veil and all of that didn t really grab me as much and I guess it s because it s the side of the story that I read of and it s one that doesn t reflect my current state it s still well researched and great but sometimes I m looking for what I can relate toAll in all I found it excellent and the writing is great academic but not too academic that it bores you or makes you lose track of what is being said Considering everything going on and the changes that are still happening I think there s still to uncover and uestions to be answered from different perspectives Throughout reading I was trying to reflect on what it was like and how it s like right now I find that certain topics can t just be closed and moved on with and this to me is one of those things I m interested to see what other new research is out there and I m really interested in picking up books by Leila AhmedAround the world pick for Egypt

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A uiet Revolution Free read Ù 4 Leila Ahmed ¶ 4 Free read Free download Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Leila Ahmed Tion of activism in the cause of justice and social change It is often Islamists even than secular Muslims who are at the forefront of such contemporary activist struggles as civil rights and women's rights Ahmed's surprising conclusions represent a near reversal of her thinking on this topicRichly insightful intricately drawn and passionately argued this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Isl. Only a generation ago few Muslim women wore head coverings in public in Egypt Leila Ahmed who is from Egypt and is now a professor at Harvard University asks how the reversal of that trend came about and what it means It begins with a conversation with her friend in the 1990 s observing a group of covered Muslim women near her university campus Her friend says To them we are the enemy That s how they see us all of us people like us feminist progressives That s just how it is We can t ignore that And anyway they are our enemies They threaten us ban our books and oppose everything we stand for That s just how it is They refers to the central player in this book the Muslim Brotherhood She remembers it well from her childhood when they bombed the cinemas she liked to attend and murdered her father s friend the prime minister of Egypt And they are the ones who insist that female head covering is mandatory So she is not exactly a fan But she tries to objectively examine what this movement is about including its possible meritsThe Ignorance of Erasing HistoryThe Arabic word Jahiliyya traditionally means the ignorance of Arabian society before the Islamic revelations The Brotherhood s leading intellectual Sayyid utb applies it to almost all of Islamic history He says People s visions beliefs their habits and customs their sources of knowledge art literature rules and laws even what we consider as Islamic education Islamic sources Islamic philosophy and Islamic thought all if it is the product of the Jahiliyyah This kind of extreme rejection of the past has a rather poor track record in history Think of the communists trying to create the New Socialist Man The so called Islamic State is busy trying to remove all traces of both the pre Islamic past and the parts of the Islamic past they disapprove of This philosophy is essentially a rejection of civilization itselfShades of IslamismAccording to the author traditional Islam is a personal relationship with Islamic teaching strongly colored by the local culture Islamism reuires activism in the cause of da wa religious outreach and justice as they define it Those who use violence are referred to a militant IslamistsWithin Islamism there is a range of approaches Since the 1970 s the mainstream of the Muslim Brotherhood has been committed to a gradualist approach of charity work and education with the violence undertaken by its radical offshoots While moderate Muslims were out shopping the Brotherhood was reaching out and converting much of the population to their version of Islam In all societies people of moderation are at this kind of disadvantage against dedicated extremistsGood Cop Bad Cop after 911Let me complete the thoughts from the start of this review And now our own friends defend them the Islamists And what is worse they are right to do so That is what they have to do in this country defend minorities defend people s right to be different That s why we love their societies That s why we want to be like them A major theme of the book is the convergence between leftist liberal American values and some of the ideas of Islamism These include euality social activism and opposition to what is perceived as American Imperialism Whatever you think of these issues it did serve to provide Muslims including Islamists a place in the American mainstream American born Muslims see no conflict between their faith and basic American values and even view their activism as helping to strengthen the true AmericaOn the other hand sometimes pressure from the conservative end of the spectrum can have a positive impact For example Ahmed reports that Al Fatiha a homosexual Muslim organization was forced to operate in secret to avoid violence from extremists After 911 and the increased scrutiny by the US government it was able to hold its conventions openly Under similar pressure she reports that the Brotherhood conventions became open and inclusive with non Islamic guest speakers and uncovered women in attendanceI wonder how conservatives feel about doing the heavy lifting to bolster the ranks of those allied with liberal activistsSaved by the Double Edged SwordIslam has always had a decentralized structure So while Brotherhood agents founded western Islamic organizations they are governed under local control As American born Muslims join them these organizations are changingSayyid utb s philosophy can be seen as a double edged sword In rejecting the authority of the Islamic scholars he claimed that ordinary Muslims could interpret the scriptures themselves Thus some Muslims are doing just that choosing to re interpret the ur an in a moderate and feminist friendly wayThe book ends with a cautiously optimistic view of how Islam in America is evolving Let us hope that she is right


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    review A uiet Revolution [E–pub/Pdf] A uiet Revolution Author Leila Ahmed Free download Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Leila Ahmed A uiet Revolution the veil’s resurgence from the Middle East to America is a fascinating and frustrating book Leila Ahmed currently teaching at Harvard writes from her perspective as a Muslim women born in the 1940s in Egypt and raised during a time when it was normal for women of her family upper middle class educated urban not to wear hijab head covering Thus her experience of the advocacy of many Western educated Muslims’ advocacy

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    [E–pub/Pdf] A uiet Revolution Author Leila Ahmed Ahmed traces how meanings have developed surrounding Muslim women covering the hair on their heads The earliest meanings shared to

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    review A uiet Revolution [E–pub/Pdf] A uiet Revolution Author Leila Ahmed Free download Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Leila Ahmed Whew A lot to read and I'm not sure I absorbed much of it Still interesting and worth another read through at another time I'm confused about the difference between Islam and Islamism and Muslims Encouraged about trends of Islamism in USWest as

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    [E–pub/Pdf] A uiet Revolution Author Leila Ahmed Only a generation ago few Muslim women wore head coverings in public in Egypt Leila Ahmed who is from Egypt and is now a professor at Harvard University asks how the reversal of that trend came about and what it means It begins with a conversation with her friend in the 1990’s observing a group of covered Muslim women near her university ca

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    review A uiet Revolution [E–pub/Pdf] A uiet Revolution Author Leila Ahmed I used this book as a source for a paper for an online course otherwise I might not have read it It was interesting enough that I decided to go ahead and finish reading it after my paper was completed It is a detailed short history about 'the veil' that Muslim women wear It is well written has a wealth of information and

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  • Hardcover
  • 360
  • A uiet Revolution
  • Leila Ahmed
  • English
  • 01 June 2018
  • 9780300170955