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No Shame for the Sun: The Lives of Professional Pakistani Women

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November 2002

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Conversations with Muslim working women challenge notions of the "veiled" woman as being victimized or unproductive.This groundbreaking work sheds new light on the status, conflicts, and social realities of educated Muslim women in Pakistan. Six candid interviews introduce the readers to a class of professional Muslim women rarely, if ever, acknowledged in the West.These women tell of the conflicts and compromises with family, kin, and community, while facing violence, archaic marriage rules, and locally entrenched codes of conduct. With brave eloquence, they speak of human dignity and gender equality, economic deprivation and social justice, and of feminism and fundamentalism. Challenging prevalent stereotypes, No Shame for the Sun reveals the uniqueness of each woman, and the diversity of Pakistani Muslim women's life experiences, their world views, and the struggles to change their society. Each chapter explores a particular woman's life experiences and her attempts to reconcile her career with her personal life, providing examples of ways of resolving religious, cultural, and political conflicts. Through their struggles, professional Pakistani women have become conscious of their own and other women's situations within their society. Because they exercise power and authority in their chosen fields, they risk losing their family's support and antagonizing their community.Carefully detailed and meticulously researched, this book gives us a much needed perspective to reflect on the changing circumstances of professional Pakistani women, as well as on the established patterns and structural constraints within Pakistan. On a broader level, it examines western misconceptionsregarding Islam, a religion that crosses many borders and impacts differently upon many cultures.

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Shahla Haeri is the director of the Women's Studies Program at Boston University. She has published numerous articles and monographs including Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage in Shi'i Iran, also published by Syracuse University Press.
EAN: 9780815629603
ISBN: 0815629605
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: SYRACUSE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2002
Seitenanzahl: 454 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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