On this episode of History Talk, guests Johanna Sellman, Gulsah Toronoglu, and Sabra Webber discuss the diverse and dynamic history of women in the Middle East and North Africa. Highlighting the region's great range of historical experiences, they question the idea that women's rights marks a divide between Islamic societies and the "West," explore the history of women's movements, and address the ways in which the flourishing of new media is transforming political and artistic expression throughout the Islamic world.
- Posted July 2016
Suggested reading: Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (Yale, 1993); Margot Badran, Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences (Oneworld, 2009); Lila Abu-Lughod, Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (Harvard, 2015); Joan Scott, The Politics of the Veil (Princeton, 2010); Elizabeth Warnock, In Search of Islamic Feminism: One Woman's Global Journey (DoubleDay, 1998); Amina Wudud, Qu'ran and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective (Oxford, 1999)