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By Shahnaz Khan

ISBN-10: 0889614008

ISBN-13: 9780889614000

ISBN-10: 1417584416

ISBN-13: 9781417584413

Shahnaz Khan provides the voices of Muslim ladies on how they build and maintain their Islamic id. Khan interviewed fourteen Muslim ladies approximately their feel of energy, authenticity and position. Her serious research demanding situations the Western conception of Islam as monolithic and static.

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Yet in her autobiographical novel, Sara Suleri (1987) questions feminist articulations of woman, which, she says, are not able to formulate the agency of women such as her grandmother. " Instead, she believes that women's subjectivities are constituted through their performance of social roles. Feminism The role of feminism in Muslin society needs to be placed in a colonial context. Algeria provides an example. In his influential essay "Algeria Unveiled" Frantz Fanon (1965) persuasively argues that the French were concerned with liberating Algerian Muslim women as a means of gaining control over Algerian men and subordinating Algerian society to French colonialism.

Do women position themselves in opposition or in conformity with the discourses? Or both? 3 Resolving the Contradictions through Disavowal The notion of unity ideologically embedded in the concept of Muslim and the differences each woman brings to the narrative in terms of her own desires and social, economic, and cultural location and resources are two aspects of the contradictory position of Muslim women. The interplay between unity and difference is reinforced in Orientalist and Islamist discourses.

This elimination makes the presentation of the argument of the thesis more succinct. The women I talked with are mainly middle class, and in part this commonality is influenced by the point system that governs immigration to Canada. This system is highly selective, and very few, if any, rural and urban poor people immigrate to Canada. Even those women whose class position in Canada is working class normally come from somewhat affluent backgrounds in their countries of origin. For example, on the surface, Karima appears to be different, as she works as a waitress in Canada while the other women are more middle class.

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