Contemporary Islam

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 333–335 | Cite as

Review of Alessandra L. González, Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes

New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 254 pp. ISBN 978-1-137-30473-5
  • Bryan S. TurnerEmail author

With the modernization of societies in the Middle East and through their exposure to globalization, have women become more or less empowered? The recent visible participation of women in the various manifestations of the Arab Spring would suggest that women from Morocco to Syria are participating more frequently and significantly in the public sphere. However, pointing to an alternative conclusion, various Islamic reform movements, under the broad umbrella of Salafi Islam, have sought to curb the presence of women outside the domestic sphere through the (re)enforcement of Shari’a norms. In terms of intellectual debate, these paradoxes are perhaps nowhere better illustrated than in the conflicts within feminist writing. These differences of interpretation range from Saba Mahmood’s influential The Politics of Piety. The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005), which redefined contemporary approaches to sociological ideas about the...


Feminism Kuwait Modernization Veil Islamic law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CUNY Graduate CenterNew YorkUSA

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