I learned a lesson: It is telling that a dozen years later Abu-Lughod needs to ask the same question. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Ultimately, Islam constructed as a central commonality becomes fairly meaningless, as the practice of Islam differs by region, and one might as well assign the consumption of wheat as a commonality that produces oppression.
See Spitulnik, "Anthropology and Mass Media," University of California Press. Now, part of what I understand you to be saying is that the understandings of feminists such as these are anchored in their location as educated, cosmopolitan, middle-class Muslim elites and do not resonate with the lived experiences, moral imaginaries, and Islamic discourses of, say, the rural Egyptian women whom you have worked with.
Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover. School of American Research. Clifford Geertz, when we had a lunch chat at the institute, had discouraged me, saying that some topics were just not worthy of more than an article. His move back to Palestine—from which he, like the majority of Palestinians, was expelled in —opened up that world as a reality to me, even though our whole family had always lived under the shadow of Palestine and with the struggles for justice that he and others had been involved with.
The cultural change and continuity is argued through the ideas of Evolutionists and Boasian anthropology. In chapter 5, "The Social Life of Muslim Women's Rights," Abu-Lughod explains several of the civil rights and laws that cover Muslim women as a reminder that "Muslim women's rights are pursued in particular places through a variety of institutions and instruments" Although we can see the way Islam is constructed in the Western public imaginary via governmental and media activity as an excuse for xenophobia, immigrant othering, and military interventions, it might be useful to similarly counter ways in which Islam is constructed in communities as varied as Saudi Arabia to Indonesia as a form of control over female aspirations and bodies.
Memory, Postmemory, and Living History in Palestine.
Though anthropologists have an ethical obligation to present an accurate account of the communities in which they work, truth can be slippery. Faye Ginsburg had established a pioneering program in culture and media, and it was a vibrant center for the ethnography of media. Cross-cultural studies include Robert C.
Popular journalism is one thing; anthropology, however, should be quite another. But the thrust of my article was precisely against resistance as the frame. In this mode, which Abu-Lughod terms "writing against culture" 6she counters the Western imaginary in which Muslim women are continually subjected to sensationalistic crimes and therefore require Western intervention and "saving" since they are perceived to be lacking in agency.
And, yet, although the National Geographic article did acknowledge that, "Cultures don't become more uniform; instead, both old and new tend to transform each other," Zwingle But in recent years, I have also felt a responsibility to take up the much more difficult work that he, my father, and many others devoted so much of their lives to: After all, the consequences of hijab noncompliance in Saudi Arabia are not the same as being subject to the "tyranny of fashion" in the West These crusading enterprises--which, as Abu-Lughod points out, yoke feminists and nonfeminists, liberals and conservatives alike--may be legalistic, as in the burqa ban in France, or military, as in the US invasion of Afghanistan both measures ostensibly undertaken to liberate Muslim womenbut in reality they cause extensive hardship and actual harm.Research on Muslim Women: Impelled by the World Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University.
Gender in the Public Sphere Workshop Makerere Institute of Social Research MayKampala, Uganda I am excited to be here with you and honored to be able to contribute to a discussion of Gender in the Public Sphere.
Frequent reports of honor killings, disfigurement, and sensational abuse have given rise to a consensus in the West, a message propagated by human rights groups and the media: Muslim women need to be rescued/5(39).
Abu-Lughod is persistent in writing against culture and “against anthropology's tendency to typify cultures through social scientific generalizations” (p. 6), “[which] prevents us from appreciating or even accounting for people's experiences” (p.
6). Her style blends anthropological and historical knowledge, and fieldwork into a digestible text that continues to follow the ‘writing against culture’ standard we have come to expect from her (Abu-Lughod, ).
Abu-Lughod’s new book offers important insights into understanding this paradox by deconstructing the populist rallying cries both nationally and across the globe which seek to ‘save Muslim women’ through “writing against culture”. In this mode, which Abu-Lughod terms "writing against culture" (6), she counters the Western imaginary in which Muslim women are continually subjected to sensationalistic crimes and therefore require Western intervention and "saving" since they are perceived to be lacking in agency.Download