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Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy
Contested Imaginaries in Post-9/11 Cultural Practice

ISBN 9780415743532
Published April 25, 2014 by Routledge
330 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Following a long historical legacy, Muslim women’s lives continue to be represented and circulate widely as a vehicle of intercultural understanding within a context of the "war on terror." Following Edward Said’s thesis that these cultural forms reflect and participate in the power plays of empire, this volume examines the popular and widespread production and reception of Muslim women’s lives and narratives in literature, poetry, cinema, television and popular culture within the politics of a post-9/11 world. This edited collection provides a timely exploration into the pedagogical and ethical possibilities opened up by transnational, feminist, and anti-colonial readings that can work against sensationalized and stereotypical representations of Muslim women. It addresses the gap in contemporary theoretical discourse amongst educators teaching literary and cultural texts by and about Muslim Women, and brings scholars from the fields of education, literary and cultural studies, and Muslim women’s studies to examine the politics and ethics of transnational anti-colonial reading practices and pedagogy. The book features interviews with Muslim women artists and cultural producers who provide engaging reflections on the transformative role of the arts as a form of critical public pedagogy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Contested Imaginaries of Reading Muslim Women and Muslim Women Reading Back  Jasmin Zine and Lisa K. Taylor  Part I: Transnational Anti-Colonial Feminist Reading Practices  1. SUR/VEIL: The Veil as Blank(et) Signifier  Megan MacDonald  2. Khamosh Pani: Reading Partition Muslim Masculinities and Femininities in an Age of Terror  Shahnaz Khan  3. Breaking the Stigma? The Anti-Heroine in Fatih Akin’s Head On  Mine Eren  4. Pedagogies of Solidarity in Suheir Hammad’s "First Writing Since"  Dana M. Olwan  Part II: The Politics of Production and Reception  5. "A Too-Quick Enthusiasm for the Other": North American Women’s Book Clubs and the Politics of Reading  Catherine Burwell  6. Of Activist Fandoms, Auteur Pedagogy and Imperial Feminism: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to "I am Du’a Khalil"  Trish Salah  Part III: Transformative Pedagogies  7. Cartographies of Difference and Pedagogies of Peril: Muslim Girls and Women in Western Young Adult Fiction Novels  Jasmin Zine  8. "Shaking Up" Vision: The Video Diary as Personal and Pedagogical Intervention in Mona Hatoum’s Measures of Distance  Mehre Gomez Fonseca  9. From Empathy to Estrangement, From Enlightenment to Implication: A Pedagogical Framework for (Re)Reading Literary Desire Against the "Slow Acculturation of Imperialism"  Lisa K. Taylor  Part IV: Reflections on Cultural Production  10. Interview with Mohja Kahf  Jasmin Zine  11. Interview with Zarqa Nawaz  Jasmin Zine  12. Interview with Rasha Salti  Rasha Salti and Lisa K. Taylor  13. Interview with Tayyibah Taylor  Jasmin Zine  14. Interview with Sofia Baig  Jasmin Zine  15. Interview with Sahar Ullah  Jasmin Zine  16. Interview with Jamelie Hassan  Lisa K. Taylor

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Lisa K. Taylor is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Bishop’s University.

Jasmin Zine is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University.


"This volume unites reflection and action for transformational pedagogy. By teaching readers to recognize negative stereotypes about Muslim women and exposing complicity ith imperialism in some uncritical forms of multiculturalism, these essays make a significant contribution to social justice education."— Kathleen D. McCallie, Phillips Theological Seminary