By Ghazi-Walid Falah, Caroline Nagel
This groundbreaking quantity explores how Islamic discourse and perform intersect with gender family members and broader political and financial tactics to form women's geographies in numerous local contexts. individuals characterize quite a lot of disciplinary subfields and perspectives--cultural geography, political geography, improvement experiences, migration experiences, and old geography--yet they proportion a typical specialise in bringing problems with area and position to the vanguard of analyses of Muslim women's reviews. subject matters addressed comprise the intersections of gender, improvement and faith; mobility and migration; and discourse, illustration, and the contestation of house. within the method, the ebook demanding situations many stereotypes and assumptions concerning the class of "Muslim woman," so frequently invoked in public debate in either conventional societies and the West.
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Extra resources for Geographies of Muslim Women: Gender, Religion, and Space
These spatial constructions of girlhood are undergoing a profound alteration as a result of changing social attitudes toward girls and new and emerging market relations. Until recently, the mothers in the study site seem to have had few reservations about childrearing goals or their aims as parents. Similar to patterns observed elsewhere in the Muslim world (Fernea, 1995), widely accepted notions about the structure of the family and the functions of family members of all ages influenced the concept of childhood and childrearing practices in the past.
Claims have been vociferously raised that local women are being corrupted by “outsiders” and female staff who are not upholding purdah. The dilemma within the Northern Areas that has come to light is that there is no one interpretation of girls’/women’s roles in society that is embraced by the full range of sects living in the region. Rather, there are multiple and oftentimes competing interpretations of development, notions of the family and community, and gender relations manifest in the development policies.
While true of the historiography of development in Muslim societies in general, this lacuna presents special problems in a nation like Pakistan where Islam has long been the predominant social framework of a culturally and ethnically diverse population. In this chapter different aspects of girls’ lives are examined, including, first, the highly spatialized constructions of girlhood in a Muslim community, and second, the changing nature of girls’ social relationships in the everyday spaces of the home, field, school, and community at large.