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Islam, Muslims and the US: Essays on Religion and Politics

Asma Barlas (Author)
Synopsis 9/11 marks a turning point in the public discourses on Islam in the West and in the relationship between 'Islam and the West'. Along with the US Wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, sweeping demonizations of Islam in the media, hate crimes against Muslims living in the US., there also emerged an interest on the part not only of non-Muslims, but Muslims as well, in learning about Islam. The author discusses at length the widening schism between Muslims and the west and the way the US has taken advantage of the deadly 9/11 strikes to take its war on terror to Muslim lands. She also discusses the marginalisation of Muslim women in Muslim societies around the world and goes on to say that for the patriarchal Muslim society the other is not the 'western infidel' but the Muslim woman, while for westerners, the other has been Islam since early medieval times, much before the advent of any Bin Laden.
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About the author

Asma Barlas

Asma Barlas, one of the first Pakistani women to be appointed to the country's foreign services, was dismissed from her post by the Pakistani dictator General Zia ul-Haq. In the mid-1980s she left Pakistan for the US, where she is now a Professor at the Political Science Department of Ithaca College, New York. She is the author of a path-breaking book, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an (University of Texas Press, 2002) and has written extensively on religion and strained relations between Islam and the West.

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Bibliographic information

Title Islam, Muslims and the US: Essays on Religion and Politics
Author Asma Barlas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188869090
length 154p., Index; 23cm.